Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Shoot Down 'Clickbait' Claims About Archie's Birth Certificate

Prince Harry | Image DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS  AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry | Image DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry has settled a legal dispute with the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline, accepting what his legal team called "significant damages" over an article alleging he had turned his back on the Royal Marines.

"The Mail again misled their readers in December by claiming to make a charitable donation as part of an initial apology", a spokesperson for the duke told Bazaar.

When Harry, who served as an Army officer for 10 years, and wife Meghan stood down as working royals and moved to the U.S., his honorary military titles, including the prestigious post of Captain General of the Royal Marines, were put on hold.

Harry has brought separate claims against two British tabloids related to alleged phone-hacking.

The Duke of Sussex acknowledged in his letter that it has taken a "steadfast, coordinated effort across communities and countries to get ourselves to a point where we can fight this virus". The Duke of Sussex wanted them to to go the Invictus Games Foundation "so he could feel something good had come out of the situation", his lawyer, Jenny Afia, said in a statement on February 1.

Harry will donate the damages to the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity for wounded or sick servicemen and women that he founded, she added.

The Mail published an apology in December, which Harry believes did not match the prominence of the original story and used wording which he claimed "significantly underplayed the seriousness of the accusations made against him".

She also said that Harry was "proud to have served in the British armed forces for 10 years in Her Majesty's name" and noted that he "has maintained active links with those forces ever since and will continue to do so in the future". "They did no such thing".

"All of these allegations are false as The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online have accepted, albeit after considerable damage was already done", his attorney said during a remote hearing in front of the London-based High Court of Justice on Monday.

The news comes amid Meghan's ongoing battle against Associated Newspapers Ltd.

After today's hearing, Harry now considers the matter closed but the amount of the damages has not been disclosed.

Harry, who served in Afghanistan, had his honorary military titles stripped when he and Meghan stepped back from the royal family last January.

The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General Royal Marines by the Queen in 2017, but is not using the title at the moment following the Sussexes stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.

The transition is due for review in March.

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