The article Dan’s sore about is titled “Prince Harry’s Legal Move Over ‘Cash-for-Briefings’ Claims at The Sun - The Story Murdoch Tried to Bury”. Someone at the Murdoch press paying someone else for a little of that information? Nothing new under the Sun, eh?
But do go on. “BYLINE Investigates is defying threats of legal action from Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun today to report explosive whistle-blower claims that the tabloid paid the partner of a Royal official £4,000 for stories about Prince Harry last year … The billionaire-owned newspaper company and its Executive Editor Dan Wootton have both said they will sue us if we report the allegations, which are detailed in a formal ‘Letter Before Action’ issued by lawyers acting for the Duke of Sussex”.
“Sources close to the matter say it is alleged The Sun made two payments amounting to £4,000 to Stephens, in relation to stories published in June and July 2019 about nannying and god-parenting arrangements for the Sussexes’ son Archie, and that the payments appear to have been identified by way of an internal News UK accounting code”.
And there is yet more. “Confidential details of the Sussexes’ move to Canada were also revealed in an unauthorised fashion and then published in the Sun on Sunday in January under Wootton’s name, according to three sources with knowledge of the case … The damage caused to the Royal family by the story was extensive”.
There is also an unintentionally hilarious tailpiece: “Wootton says he is prepared to defend his position in court and that he will prove his professional integrity if need be”. Ho ho ho.
But it’s only a claim in an LBA, so what’s the problem? Curiouser and curiouser.