Prince Harry and Meghan threaten lawsuits over paparazzi shots in Canada

Lawyers for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have threatened to sue British media bosses over the publication of photos featuring the new mum and their baby boy in a public park in Canada.

The former Suits actress has been lying low on Vancouver Island with the couple’s son, Archie, ever since it was announced that she and Harry would be stepping down as senior members of the U.K.’s royal family in a bid to live a more private and financially independent life away from the spotlight.

The Duke and Duchess plan to split their time between Britain and Canada, but life in North America has already had a rocky start, as their lawyers fired off cease and desist notices to editors at various U.K. outlets on Tuesday warning them against purchasing or publishing images of a smiling Meghan hiking with two dogs, with Archie strapped to her chest in a baby carrier.

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According to TMZ, the legal letter reads, “There are serious safety concerns about how the paparazzi are driving and the risk to life they pose” – an apparent reference to the tragic death of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in a 1997 car crash in Paris, France after a high-speed paparazzi chase.

However, the pictures had already surfaced online on Monday, and featured on the front page of The Sun on Tuesday, suggesting court action is imminent.

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NEWS: 1) Prince Harry has arrived in Canada to reunite with his family. 🥂🥂Cheers to an independent future 🥂🥂.. ♦️ … ♦️ ..2) @Sussexroyal Instagram reaches 11 MILLION FOLLOWERS and counting… ♦️ .. ♦️ 3) According to Sky News, Harry and Meghan threaten legal action over Canada paparazzi shots. 'The Sussexes say paparazzi photographers are permanently camped outside their Vancouver Island home with long lenses. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have issued a legal warning over long-lens photos and continued harassment by paparazzi photographers as they start their new life in Canada out of the spotlight. Ladies and gentlemen, henceforth I'll no longer be posting paparazzi photos. The Sussexes wanted privacy. I wish everyone including the media would respect that. Hope you understand. THANK YOU ❤ ⛔Offensive commenters will be permanently blocked ⛔ 📷 photo credit @Sussexroyal

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The couple, which wed in 2018, is no stranger to taking members of the press to court – Harry and Meghan are currently locked in a British legal battle with officials at The Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, after the “unlawful” publication of a private letter the Duchess had written to her father, Thomas Markle.

Meanwhile, Harry has filed papers against the owners of The Sun, the defunct News of the World, and the Daily Mirror, in relation to allegations of phone hacking.

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