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The Duke of Sussex successfully sued the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online for libel over claims he turned his back on the military after stepping down as a senior royal in March.

He has accepted what his legal team called “significant damages” over an article alleging he had turned his back on the Royal Marines.

In a statement to the High Court, a lawyer for Harry called the allegation “baseless, false and defamatory”.

Jenny Afia, a lawyer for The Duke of Sussex, said in a statement to open court on Monday that “the baseless, false and defamatory stories published constituted not only a personal attack on the Duke’s character, but also wrongly brought into question his service to this country.”

The Duke has requested any damages received go to the Invictus Games Foundation, “so he could feel something good had come out of the situation”.

Prince Harry served in the British Armed Forces for 10 years and is extremely proud of his military ties. The Invictus Games were founded by the prince for wounded members of the armed forces.

During his time in the military, Harry rose to the ranks of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, Major in the British Army and Royal Marines and Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, ranks which he still holds to this day.

However, as a senior royal, he also held several ceremonial military positions including that of Captain-General of the Royal Marines.

It was agreed with the Queen that Harry would have to relinquish these honorary military titles after stepping down as a senior royal last spring.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already cut dies with four big British tabloid newspapers, including the Daily Mail in April 2020 after years of strained relations. The couple have had a rough time with the media since getting together and have spoken out against what they say is the relentless and aggressive coverage of Meghan in particular.

In 2016, the prince accused the media of subjecting Meghan – then his girlfriend – to a “wave of abuse and harassment”.

This lawsuit is separate to the case brought by Meghan against the publishers of the Mail Online and Mail on Sunday over articles that reproduced parts of a private handwritten letter to her father. That case is still ongoing.

Prince Harry is expected back in Britain this spring for a string of Royal Family events.

His grandfather Prince Philip, 99, is due to mark his 100th birthday on June 10 and Harry will likely want to be there to celebrate the milestone. However, it is understood Meghan Markle and their son Archie will stay put in the USA for the trip.

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