The King and Diana, Princess of Wales were targeted by Mirror Group Newspapers as it paid £10 million to private investigators to snoop on celebrities, the High Court has been told.
It is alleged that MGN paid investigators for information about the King six times between May 2000 and October 2002, with seven payments relating to Princess Diana from May 1996 until September 1999.
The claims are made in documents submitted to the court by lawyers representing Prince Harry, who is one of four people bringing civil claims against MGN for allegedly hacking phones and using other unlawful methods to gather information about them.
It is alleged that MGN made eight payments relating to the Prince of Wales between Aug 12, 1997 – less than three weeks before the death of his mother Princess Diana – and September 2004, while the Princess of Wales was targeted 12 times between 2002 and 2010, and Princess Diana’s mother Frances Shand-Kydd three times in 2001 and 2002.
Investigators were paid 114 times in relation to Prince Harry between 1997 and 2011, it is claimed.