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Last Updated: Friday, 7 November, 2003, 04:37 GMT
Timeline: Royal troubles
The Prince of Wales has issued an unprecedented statement, denying an unspecified allegation that a newspaper was legally banned from publishing. BBC News Online outlines the events that led to such a move.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles' statement was an unusual move
Saturday 1 November

The Mail on Sunday is banned from publishing a story about a former Royal servant.

Sunday 2 November

The Mail on Sunday's front page story is about the injunction. It claims a senior Royal had also written to it, requesting the allegation not be published.

Monday evening 3 November

The Guardian newspaper is banned from naming the person who asked for the injunction against the Mail on Sunday.

Wednesday 5 November

The Guardian goes to court to argue it has a right to name the person who asked for the injunction, without publishing details of the allegation the person wanted suppressed.

Thursday 6 November

After a two-day private hearing, the Guardian newspaper wins a legal bid to have the injunction lifted. It successfully argued it had a right to name Michael Fawcett as the former Royal servant who had asked for the injunction against the Mail of Sunday.

Clarence House, Prince Charles' official residence, issues a statement in a bid to end speculation. It says the allegation that the Mail on Sunday was planning to publish was untrue.

Sir Michael Peat, the prince's private secretary, gives a television interview, expanding on the statement. He says the allegations are untrue and ludicrous.

Sir Michael Peat, Prince Charles's private secretary
"I want to make it entirely clear that it's without a shred of substance"

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