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Harry and William reconciliation hopes in 'tatters' after '£1m' royal bombshell

NewsHarry and William reconciliation hopes in 'tatters' after '£1m' royal bombshell

Any hopes of reconciliation between The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex at the Coronation of King Charles now lie in ‘tatters’ after a bombshell allegation about a secret £1 million payment, it is being claimed.

It comes after the High Court heard that Prince William allegedly received a secret payment from Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers company over phone hacking allegations. However, the heir to the throne’s private claim, for what the court was told was a “very large sum of money”, has now been made public – by his brother.

News of alleged the settlement was revealed in court documents on Tuesday as a three-day hearing in London involving the Duke of Sussex, and actor Hugh Grant got underway. Harry is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News Of The World, over alleged unlawful information gathering at its titles.

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The Duke claimed the alleged payment – reported to have been of around £1 million by The Telegraph – proves there was a “secret agreement” made between the Royal household and News Group Newspapers (NGN), made in part to help rehabilitate the Queen. Harry also alleged Queen Elizabeth II was personally involved in the secret pact, but gave him permission to bring his own case against the publisher.

However, The Telegraph say understands Prince William was “completely unaware” of the contents of his brother’s witness statement. The bombshell was dropped just 10 days before their father’s coronation.

“The revelation of the secret payment will only serve to drive a deeper wedge between them,” claims The Telegraph, quoting “sources close to both the Sussexes and the Waleses… did not expect any rapprochement” between the brothers for the coronation.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports from its sources that “any suggestion of a cosy deal between Prince William and newspapers over hacking would be wide of the mark and that he had been vigilant about wanting to tackle it”.

The BBC says it was Prince William who first raised the issue of voicemail hacking back in 2005 and points out that he too has had his own battles with the press. The BBC’s sources pointed out that settlements can often be something pushed by the courts, rather than something pursued by a claimant.

However, Sky’s Royal correspondent Laura Bundock claims the Prince of Wales “chose” to settle out of court, rather than potentially give evidence. Her report said this meant “private and potentially sensitive details” about Wiliam would not be revealed”.

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