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Royal fans notice big royal mistake in Prince Harry's witness statement

The Duke of Sussex appeared in court on Tuesday

Prince Harry looking serious in a suit at court in London
Phoebe Tatham
Content Writer
6 June 2023
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Prince Harry is currently in London giving evidence against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) in a case about unlawful information gathering.

The royal was pictured arriving at the High Court on Tuesday morning ready to give evidence. As Harry entered the witness box, his 55-page witness statement was published - and royal fans were quick to point out a few glaring errors. 

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In his statement, Harry referred to his father King Charles III as "His Royal Highness," instead of "His Majesty." ITV's Royal Editor, Chris Ship, tweeted about Harry's mistake, writing: "Minor in the scheme of things, but odd no one proofreading the witness statement picked up that #PrinceHarry referred to his father as 'His Royal Highness' King Charles, not 'His Majesty King Charles.'" 

Prince Harry made two further mistakes in his witness statement. On the subject of Paul Burrell - Princess Diana's former butler - the 38-year-old used the word "indiscrete" when he should have used "indiscreet". 

Prince Harry with his wife Meghan © Getty
The Duke gave evidence at the High Court

The segment in question read: "Both my brother and I had very strong feelings about how indiscrete Paul had proven to be with the way he had sold our mother's possessions and how he had given numerous interviews about her."

Beyond this, the Duke of Sussex referred to his late mother as "Princess Diana," which, whilst technically correct, is a much more colloquial take on her official title "Diana, Princess of Wales."

King Charles wearing a military outfit © Getty
Prince Harry incorrectly referred to his father as HRH instead of 'His Majesty'

The mistake cropped up numerous times, most notably on page 5 of the document where Prince Harry listed her as one of his associates. It read: "Princess Diana, my mother. We were obviously very close. Up until her death in 1997, we were in regular telephone contact when we were not together, especially as I boarded at school. Private information relating to me would have been present in voicemails left on her phone by members of my family or the Royal Household."

Prince Harry with his wife Meghan and baby Archie © Getty
Prince Harry lives in Montecito with his wife Meghan Markle

Whilst in court, Prince Harry made a number of surprising revelations. Opening up about the paparazzi, the royal said: "Everything felt as though I was under 24-hour surveillance."

He also explained how his panic-stricken grandmother Queen Elizabeth II sent a personal aide to keep an eye on him during his gap year in Australia back in 2003.

Prince Harry attending an event in Amsterdam © Getty
Prince Harry stepped down as a working royal in 2020

Talking about growing up in the royal family and in the public eye, Harry said: "As a child, every single one of these articles played an important and destructive role in my growing up."

What is Prince Harry's court case about?

The case has been brought against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) by the Prince and other high-profile figures over alleged unlawful information gathering, including phone hacking. Prince Harry claims that MGM illegally obtained as many as 140 stories published between 1996 and 2010.

READ: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle keep children safe with stringent security at private mansion – details

Harry is one of four representative claimants whose cases have been selected for trial. The others are Coronation Street actors Michael Turner and Nikki Sanderson and comedian Paul Whitehouse’s ex-wife Fiona Wightman.

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