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On Tuesday, a UK court heard that Rupert Murdoch’s media group, News UK, had settled a phone hacking claim by Britain’s Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
As reported by the BBC, the Metropolitan Police Service told London’s High Court that News Group Newspapers, part of Murdoch’s News UK group, had settled the damages claim against them.
The third in line to the British throne had accused the company of accessing voicemails on his mobile phone and using information from illegally obtained messages in seven articles printed by News of the World in 2006/07.
Prince William’s privacy claim is one of many filed against News UK in recent years. In 2011, the phone hacking scandal led to the closure of News of the World and sparked several legal cases.
The sum of the settlement was not disclosed in the court. However, a statement from a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stated that the couple sought to ensure that the “illegal” acitivities of NewsUK would not be repeated in the future.
This is another step on the long road in restoring public trust in media. The settlement of the Duke’s privacy claim is seen as an important step in achieving that goal.