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Complainant Name:
HRH The Duke of York

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mirror


HRH The Duke of York complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported on his holiday to Corsica contained inaccuracies in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) and included photographs of him in a place where he had a reasonable expectation of privacy in breach of Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code.


The newspaper disputed that the photographs raised a breach of Clause 3. Nonetheless, the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology, in the newspaper and online, in addition to amendment of the online articles, the removal of the photographs and an assurance that they would not be republished:

HRH Prince Andrew: an apology

On 14 August when reporting on The Duke of York's holiday to Corsica we incorrectly claimed that he was accompanied by three Police Protection Officers, was met by a squad of French police who took him through passport control and received a similar escort upon his return. We accept that any criticism of him based on the incorrect information about the level of his security was unjustified and offer him our apologies.

Date Published: 12/01/2012

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