Prince Harry wins damages over aerial pictures of his private home

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) - Prince Harry, Britain's Duke of Sussex, has accepted substantial damages and an apology from a news agency which took photographs of his home from the air, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.

Harry's lawyer said Splash News and Picture Agency had chartered a helicopter in January to take photos and film the private home of Harry and his wife Meghan, a former American actress, in Oxfordshire, central England.

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"The syndication and publication of the photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of the Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property," the lawyer said in a court statement.

"The property had been chosen by the Duke for himself and his wife given the high level of privacy it afforded, given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access."

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are seen with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, places her hand on the head of her newborn baby boy as she and her husband Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, pose for a photo in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk away after posing for photographs with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
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Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and Meghan, have a strained relationship with the press and after the birth of their first child earlier this month avoided posing for the traditional photo outside the hospital.

This did not go down well with some of the British media, which lamented the decision as a departure from more than 40 years of tradition.

Harry has never made a secret of his dislike of the media since his mother Princess Diana was killed in a crash in 1997 as her car sped away from chasing photographers. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison)

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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex rides a bicycle around Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex rides a bicycle around Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex rides a bicycle around Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex rides a bicycle around Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex (centre) rides a bicycle during events to launch the one year countdown to next year's Invictus Games in the Hague, in the Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex rides a bicycle during events to launch the one year countdown to next year's Invictus Games in the Hague, in the Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex mounts a bike for the next part of the tour at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games. HRH will spend time meeting potential competitors and their families, joining the Netherlands in celebrating what an exciting event The Hague 2020 will be. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex founded the games in 2014 in which wounded veterans compete in an array of sporting events on May 09, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is presented with an Invictus Games baby grow for his newborn son Archie as he visits Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex receives a gift for his new son, Archie, from Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games, Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex arriving for one day visit to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry holds an item of baby clothing during the presentation of The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 in The Hague on May 9, 2019. - In 2020, the sports event for physically and mentally injured soldiers will be held in the Zuiderpark in the Netherlands city. (Photo by patrick van katwijk / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK VAN KATWIJK/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex with Princess Margriet of the Netherlands as he arrives for one day visit to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex at a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games, Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex at a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games, Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex poses with a competitors family member at a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games. HRH will spend time meeting potential competitors and their families, joining the Netherlands in celebrating what an exciting event The Hague 2020 will be. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex founded the games in 2014 in which wounded veterans compete in an array of sporting events on May 09, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex at a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark during a visit to The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games, Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex (centre) arriving for one day visit to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague as part of a programme of events to mark the official launch of the Invictus Games. HRH will spend time meeting potential competitors and their families, joining the Netherlands in celebrating what an exciting event The Hague 2020 will be. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex founded the games in 2014 in which wounded veterans compete in an array of sporting events on May 09, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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