Harry's barrister roasted in court after prince fails to attend trial

The judge in Prince Harry’s trial against the Mirror group has criticised his barrister over his non-attendance at the court.

The Duke of Sussex was expected to arrive at the High Court this morning as his individual case against the publisher of the Daily Mirror began.

However Harry’s lawyer, David Sherborne, said Harry wouldn’t be appearing until Tuesday, when he’s expected to be questioned by Mirror Group Newspapers’ (MGN) barrister.

Mr Sherborne said Harry flew to England from the US late on Sunday night as he had spent the day celebrating his daughter Lilibet’s second birthday.

He added Harry is ‘obviously in a different category’ to other witnesses due to his travel and security arrangements, The Telegraph reports.

The judge hearing the case, Mr Justice Fancourt, appeared visibly irritated but said diplomatically that he was ‘a little surprised’ the duke wouldn’t be attending.

Mr Justice Fancourt previously said witnesses should be available the day before their evidence was due to be heard.

Andrew Green KC, representing MGN, said he was ‘deeply troubled’ that Harry wouldn’t be attending before Tuesday, which could lead to ‘wasted time’ this afternoon.

Mr Green described the move as ‘extraordinary’ and said he wanted to spend at least a day and a half cross-examining the prince.

Harry is suing MGN for damages, claiming journalists at its titles were linked to methods including phone backing, ‘blagging’ or gaining information by deception, and the use of private investigators for unlawful activities.

His claim is being heard alongside three others.

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