Prince Harry taking more legal action to defend wife Meghan Markle from the media: Details

Prince Harry isn't done taking legal action against British news outlets he considers to have crossed a line in their reporting on his wife, Meghan Markle.

Three days after announcing that they'd be "taking legal action" against the Mail on Sunday for its publishing of a private letter that Meghan wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, Buckingham Palace confirmed Friday that the Duke of Sussex has filed claims in the High Court against News UK, which is the parent company of British tabloid The Sun, and MGN, the parent company of The Mirror. Both claims are in regards to alleged illegal interception of voicemails.

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Harry's latest round of legal action against news outlets continues several years of him changing his tune when it comes to his relationship with the media, fueled by its coverage of his former "Suits" actress wife.

Back in November 2016, the same year that Harry's private romance with Meghan started and ultimately became public, the British royal released an uncharacteristic statement condemning "the outright sexism and racism" directed at Meghan.

"He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about," Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time. "His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public -- the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

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"Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," it went on. "He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game -- it is her life and his."

In the years since, though, the media coverage of Meghan, her family and her relationships with various members of the royal family has reached fever pitch in an effort to feed an international appetite for stories about her. It appears as though Meghan and Harry have quietly been gearing up to strike back, with the duke releasing an even lengthier statement earlier this week lambasting the media for its "malicious" treatment of his wife.

"Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son," he said. "Though we have continued to put on a brave face -- as so many of you can relate to -- I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip-paper. Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations - something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis."

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In addition to his own statement, the royal's legal representatives at Schillings released a statement of their shedding more light on the legal action that they've taken against the Daily Mail and its parent company.

"We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband," the firm said. "Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda."

It's not just the tabloids that Harry appears to be having a tough time with: In the final days of his family's 10-day royal tour of Africa, while leaving an event during his solo jaunt to Malawi, he lashed out at a seasoned Sky News reporter after she pushed him with a few so-called "unscheduled" questions.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex smile as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A boy offers a gift to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they arrive to visit "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex laugh as Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk Founder (R) makes a joke as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James WhatPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HENK KRUGER/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits mothers2mothers during her royal tour of South Africa with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African not-for-profit organisation with the vision of a healthy, HIV-free Africa. The organisation trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations. (Photo by Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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