Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, as they believe someone used a drone to take photos of their son, Archie.
A complaint filed at the Los Angeles County Superior Court claims an unnamed individual photographed their 14-month-old son at their LA home during lockdown.
In court documents, their lawyer Michael Kump states: “The couple recently learned that someone is shopping photographs of their 14-month-old son, Archie, falsely claiming to have taken them on a ‘recent’ public outing ‘in Malibu’.”
“But Archie has not been in public, let alone in Malibu, since the family arrived” in California, the lawsuit states.
Harry and Meghan believe the photos were taken with a drone “in the backyard” of their residence, without their knowledge.
The couple are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the rights to the photos.
In a statement to AFP, Michael Kump said: “Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home. No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right.”
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”
Harry and Meghan also noted that they expect to be followed by paparazzi when they’re out in public, but state that “certain paparazzi and enablers have crossed a red line”.
“The plaintiffs will not allow the tabloids to break the law, especially when it involves intimidation, harassment and the addition of a very real security threat on top of what already exists,” the complaint said.