Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are fighting to uncover the identity of paparazzi who took illegal pictures of their son Archie.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles last week, after they found out someone was shopping photographs of their 14-month-old son, falsely claiming to have taken them on a “recent” public outing “in Malibu”.
In the suit, the couple argued that Archie has not been in public, let alone in Malibu, since they arrived in California back in March.
Because of this, Harry and Meghan believe the photos were taken with a drone “in the backyard” of their residence, without their knowledge.
The family-of-three have been living at Tyler Perry’s $18 million mansion in Beverly Hills over the past few months.
During a hearing in Santa Monica on Friday, the couple’s attorney Michael Kump was granted an application to serve subpoenas on three LA photo agencies that could be handling the pictures.
The order will help them “unmask” the alleged culprit/s, as they have been granted permission to “immediately serve” subpoenas for the business records of Splash, Backgrid and X17 – major photo agencies that broker celebrity photos and sell them to media outlets.
In a written declaration to LA Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan, their attorney said: “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.”
“This is a race against the clock because there is a significant risk these illegally-taken photos could be published in the United States or United Kingdom any day.”
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