Prince Harry has accepted “substantial damages” and an apology from a picture agency that used a helicopter to take photos of the home he shared with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
Harry and Meghan were forced to leave their home after the photos were published in outlets including The Times newspaper, a royal source familiar with the case has told CNN.
Splash News chartered a helicopter in January to take images of the couple’s private home in the Cotswolds region of England, which Buckingham Palace said put the pair’s safety at risk.
“The syndication and publication of the photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of The Duke and the home to the extend that they are no longer able to live at the property”, the palace said in a statement.
“The helicopter flew over the home at a low attitude allowing Splash to take photographs of and into the living area and dining area of the home and directly into the bedroom”, it added.
“The Duke of Sussex acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency”.
Harry and Meghan’s official residence is Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, near London.