Prince Harry's long-awaited trial against the Daily Mirror publisher began Monday without him, and the judge was furious.
Harry's lawyer said he had flown from Los Angeles after his 2-year-old daughter Lilibet's birthday on Sunday, so he would not speak until opening remarks.
Justice Timothy Fancourt stated, “I’m a little surprised.” He had ordered Harry to appear in court on the first day of his hearing.
The prince's lawsuit against Mirror Group is the first of three alleging tabloid publishers illegally spied on him in their race for royal family revelations.
Harry's lawyer, David Sherborne, claimed phone hacking and other illegal information gathering was so widespread that it was unlikely the publisher's.
Newspapers engaged a private investigator to dig up dirt on the prince only once, as they have admitted. Sherborne argued.
The defendant's aims warrant the means. Sherborne said 2,500 pieces had documented Harry's life, from school diseases to girlfriend drama.