Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have reached a deal with a celebrity photo agency that took unauthorized photos of their young son at home, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex filed a lawsuit in July alleging that anonymous paparazzi photographers used drones and helicopters to take ‘illegal’ photos of their son, Archie, at the family’s private residence in California at the age of 14 months.
Court documents filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday said photo agency X17 agreed to stop distributing the footage, which showed Archie with his maternal grandmother in a garden of the family residence, and to return the original images and all copies.
In addition, X17 apologized to the family.
“We apologize to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son for the distress we have caused,” X17 said in a statement. “We were wrong to offer these photographs and to commit ourselves not to do so again”.
The agency also agreed to pay part of the family’s legal fees, according to Michael Kump, an attorney for the couple.
“It’s a positive result,” Kump said in a statement. “All families have the right, protected by law, to feel safe in their own homes.”
Meghan, Harry and Archie now live in Los Angeles after the couple stepped down from royal duties at the end of March to build new careers. They left Britain after growing hostility to intense media coverage of their privacy.
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