Prince Charles wins High Court action to protect private diaries

April 2006

Artists, Newspapers

The Prince of Wales has won his High Court action for both the infringement of his copyright and a right to confidentiality in his private journals. The action, against the Mail on Sunday resulted from publication of excerpts from the journals sold to the Mail by a former secretary to the Prince. It is possible the former secretary, Sarah Goodall, may be prosecuted for stealing the journals. However seven more travel journals are still with the Mail and ownership will be decided in a future contested hearing. Mr Justice Blackburn held that with regard to the travel journals the Prince as claimant had established “a reasonable expectation of privacy in their contents”. Ms Goodall has also co-written a book about her time with the Prince, The Palace Diaries. This is due to be published in September 2006 and we can expect another High Court battle as Ms Goodall signed a confidentiality agreement when she joined the Royal Household in 1988. She was dismissed in 2000.

The Times March 18 th 2006.

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