Prince Harry made a rare comment about late ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack, who died by suicide in 2020.
The Duke of Sussex appeared in London’s High Court of the Royal Courts of Justice Wednesday to testify against Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).
He alleges British tabloids unlawfully tapped into his phone in 2004, which led paparazzi to his location while spending a night with Flack.
“The story makes it very clear the photographers were there before I got there. They saw me arriving,” Harry, 38, told the court, per BBC.
“The evening was specifically between me [and] Caroline, who is no longer with us.”
The pair had a brief fling in 2009 after being introduced by their mutual friend, Caroline Pinkham.
“I knew [Pinkham] was friends with Prince Harry, and I’d never met him, so I thought, ‘Oh that’s quite exciting,’ and for a moment I perked up,” Flack wrote in her 2014 memoir, “Storm in a C Cup.”
“So I was just sitting there and he arrived with a few others in tow and we all spent the evening chatting and laughing.”
However, their romance, which took place when Harry was 25 years old and still serving in the armed forces, was short-lived.
“Once the story got out, that was it. We had to stop seeing each other. I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter. I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s bit of rough,” she wrote.
The former “X-Factor” host took her own life in February 2020 at the age of 40.
The article Harry referenced in court, which detailed a dinner date with the late “Love Island” presenter, was one of several scoops he claims were obtained by British tabloids using unethical methods.
“Tabloids would routinely publish articles about me that were often wrong but interspersed with snippets of truth, which I now think were most likely gleaned from voicemail interception and/or unlawful information gathering,” Harry claimed during his testimony Tuesday.
The “Spare” author, who has since stepped back from his royal duties and relocated to California with wife Meghan Markle, pointed out that the British tabloids managed to uncover every platonic and romantic relationship he had throughout his life.
“There’s always been a third party involved, namely the tabloid press,” he said.
“Having seen me grow up from a baby — being born into this ‘contractual relationship’ without any choice — and scrutinized my every move, the tabloids have known the challenges and mental health struggles that I have had to deal with throughout my childhood and adult life and for them to then play on that and use it to their own advantage, I think is, well, criminal.”
Elsewhere in his testimony, Harry claimed the press was the “main factor” in his split from longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
“It was just that feeling of being under surveillance all the time,” he wrote in a statement obtained by the New York Times this week. “I believe Chelsy found this even more difficult to deal with when she lived in England … everyone has a limit as to what they can endure.”
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Harry and Davy, 37, first met in 2004 and dated “on-and-off” until 2010 when she decided that “a royal life was not for her” amid intense media scrutiny.
Harry alleged that the pair were living in constant “fear” for their “safety,” which led to “a huge amount of unnecessary stress and strain on our relationship.”
“We could also never understand how private elements of our life together were finding their way into the tabloids, and so our circle of friends became smaller and smaller,” he explained.
“I remember finding it very hard to trust anyone, which led to bouts of depression and paranoia.”
Harry eventually moved on with Markle, 41, whom he wed in 2018. The couple share two children: Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
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