Prince Harry was defiant at High Court but mood evaporated – claim

Prince Harry arrives at the High Court in London

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Prince Harry was spotted by reporters yesterday morning, March 27, entering the High Court building. He was so busy greeting the paparazzi who were following him that he bumped into a photographer.

In a clip shared on Twitter by journalist Ellie Costello, the Duke appeared in high spirits and smiled in the direction of some of those taking pictures of his arrival.

However, as he turned towards a group of photographers, it seemed he didn’t see the cameraman in front of him and accidentally bumped into him.

Body language expert Judi James analysed Harry’s behaviour as he walked towards the High Court.

She told “Harry looked in buoyant, defiant mode as he strode past the press on his way into court.

“His jutting chin and his narrowed eye smile suggested a desire to display confidence and possibly to make a win look likely.

“His buttoning ritual of his dark overcoat suggests he is dressing for battle and his breezy greeting of the press could be described as ironic bravado.”

Harry was wearing a navy blue suit with a matching tie yesterday, underneath a black, wool coat. He made another appearance today.

Judi claimed: “The dashing mood evaporated though as he piled front-on into a photographer.

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“His arm extended at the collision before he got back into his stride, but then a backward glance suggested he might be less than happy at what looked like a massive breach of his security.”

Legal proceedings at the High Court began yesterday in a phone-tapping and privacy case involving Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).

Harry is among a group of seven high-profile claimants including singer Sir Elton John and his husband filmmaker David Furnish, actresses Liz Hurley and Sadie Frost, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Liberal Democrat politician Sir Simon Hughes.

They are all making accusations against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper.

They claim they have been victims of “abhorrent criminal activity” and “gross breaches of privacy” by Associated Newspapers.

The group announced in October they were bringing claims for misuse of private information against ANL, the publisher of the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and MailOnline.

The statement announcing the launch of the legal action, released by Hamlins law firm, claimed the unlawful acts carried out by ANL included hiring private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside cars and homes.

The statement also alleged the recording of private phone conversations had taken place.

ANL replied to the allegations at the time saying they were “preposterous smears” and a “pre-planned and orchestrated attempt to drag the Mail titles into the phone-hacking scandal”.

A spokesperson for ANL added the allegations were “unsubstantiated and highly defamatory claims, based on no credible evidence”.

The four-day preliminary hearing began yesterday morning and is being led by Mr Justice Nicklin.

It is believed this is the first time Harry has been back in the UK since the funeral of the Queen last September.

The Duke will not, though, meet with his father or his brother during his stay in the country. Both King Charles and Prince William are reportedly currently out of London.

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