Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just won a court case over photos of their home

Catriona Harvey-Jenner

From Cosmopolitan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have won a large sum of money in damages after it was ruled that photographs taken of their Oxfordshire home were an invasion of privacy.

The royal couple's lawyers took Splash News and Picture Agency to court after it sold images of the inside of Harry and Meghan's Cotswolds property. A helicopter flew over the estate at "low altitude", enabling a photographer to capture pictures of the house interior - including a bedroom, as well as living and dining ares.

The court heard how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had chosen to live in the Cotswolds house because of its "high level of privacy". The pictures in question, which were published in newspapers and online by various outlets, "seriously undermined" that privacy, it was concluded.

The High Court also heard how Harry and Meghan are "no longer able to live at the property" because of the risk the invasive pictures posed. While the couple's main residence was previously Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, they were known to spend time in their Oxfordshire home because it was more private.

Now, however, they have moved to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate. Frogmore, which serves as their official residence, is an ideal family home for baby Archie to grow up in, and affords them a little more privacy than being in central London.

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The picture agency has been ordered to pay a "substantial sum" in damages to the couple, and has also issued an apology.

"Splash has always recognised that this situation represents an error of judgement and we have taken steps to ensure it will not be repeated. We apologise to the Duke and Duchess for the distress we have caused," the statement read.

ITV News' royal correspondent Chris Ship tweeted that Meghan and Harry will donate the damages to charity.

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