Prince Harry court case live: Duke accused of wasting court time after missing first day

The relationship between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex started to “erode” because of unlawful information gathering, it has been suggested in the High Court.

Prince Harry’s barrister, David Sherborne, said “mistrust” between the brothers may have been sowed as far back as 2003 when Mirror Group Newspapers published a story about an alleged disagreement between them.

Mr Sherborne said the a story, published in December that year, centred on a reported dispute between the Princes over whether to meet former royal butler Paul Burrell, who they had publicly accused of betraying their mother.

According to the article in The People, the brothers had clashed midway through Harry’s year abroad, while a source had told the tabloid newspaper the men were at “loggerheads”.

“Even at this very early formative stage the seeds of discord between these two brothers are starting to be sown.

“Brothers can sometimes disagree but once it is made public in this way and their inside feelings revealed in the way that they are, trust begins to be eroded. One can see how the mistrust can set in from an early age, exactly because of this type of activity.”

The Duke is suing Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for damages over alleged unlawful information gathering.

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