Oh boy, no wonder we got so much info on Harry and his deployments; just check the info (excerpts):
Paul Brunt, 32, then a lance corporal in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry, provided details about Harry and other soldiers in the unit to the News of the World and the Sun over an 18-month period in 2006 and 2007, the Old Bailey was told.
The court heard that he was the source of a picture for a 2006 story in the NoW titled “Swastika shame of Harry’s regiment”, for which he was paid £5,000, and also provided info about the royal’s deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brunt, of Kentish Town, north London, is standing trial accused of misconduct in a public office.
Ryan Sabey, 34, who was a NoW royal reporter at the time, is standing trial alongside him, accused of assisting him.
Julian Christopher QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “It was the fact that this was the regiment that Prince Harry was in which meant that any stories, or photos, or tip-offs about the regiment or about Prince Harry himself, however inconsequential they may seem, had a financial value to the two newspapers this case is concerned with, the News of the World and the Sun.”
Addressing the charge against Sabey, the prosecution claim that he sent an email in which he described Brunt as “an extremely important contact” and requested cash payments be made to him, including £1,500 for a story about Prince Harry prior to deployment.
Mr Christopher said that Sabey “knew full well” that Brunt was not allowed to release information to the press.
The barrister added: “It is no legitimate part of a journalist’s job to entice or encourage a public officer into misconduct in his office. It is no defence to say others knew about it or others were doing it too.”
Brunt is accused of committing misconduct in a public office by entering into an arrangement with the NoW to provide information in exchange for payment.
Is it of any surprise that the royals have trust issues? I mean, if anyone can leak private information it’s no wonder they closet themselves in with very few friends and rarely date outside their circle.
Because their circle is one that is a trusted circle after all. The men are awaiting trial and both deny the charges, but in any case it will be interesting to see how this story develops further.