Image via Shaun Jeffers /

Prince Harry has accepted an apology and damages by a photo agency for covertly capturing his living room and bedroom from a helicopter.

Splash News and Photo Agency, a provider of entertainment pictures and news, paid undisclosed “substantial damages” and issued an apology to the Duke of Sussex for threatening the privacy of his wife, Meghan Markle, and himself at their privately-rented retreat in Oxfordshire, as reported by the Associated Press.

Prince Harry’s attorney, Gerrard Tyrrell, said Splash News had a helicopter hover the property at a low altitude in January, capturing the couple’s living and dining areas. Among its collection was a photo shot “directly into the bedroom.”

The pictures were then published by The Times newspaper and other media outlets, the lawyer’s statement to the High Court in London read.

Tyrrell added that the home was chosen because it provided a “high level of privacy” to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but Splash News’ act has made the couple feel like “they are no longer able to live at the property.”

Splash News has promised to “cease and desist from selling, issuing, publishing or making available” the images, and affirms that it will “not repeat its conduct” of capturing the couple’s private home through aerial means. It also admits to the “error of judgment,” and assures that such incidents will not happen again.

[via TIME, cover image via Shaun Jeffers /]

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