Friday, November 20, 1998 Published at 07:39 GMT
Formal complaint over Harry story
Charles and Harry: A father's anger
The Prince of Wales is to make a formal complaint against The Mirror newspaper over its story about a minor sports injury suffered by Prince Harry.
The announcement of a formal approach to the Press Complaints Commission follows the refusal by the paper's editor, Piers Morgan, to apologise at the request of Prince Charles.
A statement from Prince Charles' office responded: "We respect what Mr Morgan says about press freedom. Indeed, we support it.
"However, we have to say that this matter is nothing at all to do with press freedom. Instead, it is everything to do with the privacy to which Harry and William are entitled during their education.
"It is about their ability to grow up without the telescope of publicity bearing down on their every move.
"We are therefore making a formal complaint about this matter to the Press Complaints Commission which, with newspaper editors, has done a great deal over the years to protect the privacy of Prince William and Prince Harry, and will ask them to deal with it."
Details of the accident were blacked out in the letter as reproduced in the paper.
'No public interest'
The prince's letter, written on his behalf by his private secretary, Stephen Lamport, lambasts Mr Morgan for publishing "the third trivial and intrusive story about Prince Harry since he started at Eton just two months ago.
"Indeed, each of the stories you have run about him concerned events which happen to many other children.
"It seems to me that this breaches completely the spirit and substance of the undertaking made by all the country's national and regional newspapers to allow Prince William and Prince Harry the privacy they need in which to grow up."
Editor attacks Charles
Mr Morgan said he did not believe the request for a public apology was "appropriate".
Mr Morgan said that the prince's complaint was strange as "we didn't actually publish the information because you asked us not to".
The story had been in the public interest as he believed Harry had been wearing a sling.
"The public are surely entitled to know if such a senior member of the Royal Family is injured," he said.