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Complainant Name:
The Royal Household

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: News of the World

Complaint:

Harbottle & Lewis solicitors complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of the Royal Household about an article that reported an apparent security lapse at Buckingham Palace. While the accuracy of the story was not in dispute, the complainants were concerned that representatives of the Royal Household had not been contacted at an early enough stage before publication to investigate, and comment properly on, the claims being made.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper, while arguing that there had been no breach of the Code in this case, confirmed that it would, in future, contact the Palace at an appropriate time before publication when there were relevant security implications.

Date Published: 22/02/2010



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