Prince Harry smiles as he makes surprise appearance at court for privacy hearing

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrives at the High Court in London, Britain March 27, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville

PRINCE Harry has arrived at court smiling this morning as he makes a surprise appearance for a privacy hearing.

The Duke of Sussex has walked into the High Court in London surrounded by bodyguards.

Harry arrived to court smiling

The Duke of Sussex is in London for a privacy hearing against publishers Associated Newspapers Limited

Harry is back in the UK as he hopes to win another battle against publishers Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).

Press and public gathered outside to see him.

One photographer bumped into the royal before he was swiftly pushed to the side by security.

The case is over alleged unlawful information-gathering at paper titles including the Daily Mail.

Last year Harry won a court battle against the Mail on Sunday for defamation.

He sued after the paper ran a story about his separate High Court claim regarding his UK security arrangements.

The piece published in February 2022 was under the headline: “Exclusive: How Prince Harry tried to keep his legal fight with the government over police bodyguards a secret… then – just minutes after the story broke – his PR machine tried to put a positive spin on the dispute.”

The publisher is also up against Sir Elton John and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

They hit back at the allegations, describing them at the time as “preposterous smears” and a “pre-planned and orchestrated attempt to drag the Mail titles into the phone-hacking scandal”.

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