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Teacher denies 'Harry cheat' leak
Prince Harry
Prince Harry got a B for his art A-level
The teacher at the centre of claims that Prince Harry cheated in his A-level art course has cast doubt on the accusations.

A newspaper reported on Sunday that Sarah Forsyth claimed a senior Eton master asked her to help compile the prince's art coursework journal.

Ms Forsyth, a former Eton art teacher who is currently suing the school, says she never spoke to the press.

The Royal Family has strenuously denied the cheating claim.

The reports which have so far appeared in the press have contained a number of important inaccuracies about my position
Sarah Forsyth
Ms Forsyth appeared before an employment tribunal on Monday claiming unfair dismissal and sexual harassment against Eton after her contract at the school was not renewed.

Ms Forsyth is thought to been turned down for a staff position at the school after three years on probation, before being offered a 10,000 pay-off.

'Inaccuracies'

After two hours of private legal argument, the hearing was adjourned until Thursday when a special hearing will be held dealing with matters relating to the prince.

The adjournment order was made after an application from Eton, tribunal chairman Richard Byrne said.

In a statement issued after the adjournment, Ms Forsyth said Sunday's News of the World report contained "important inaccuracies", though she stopped short of a full denial.

"I have made no disclosures to the press, prior to the case being heard, about the facts as I see them. Nor have I authorised anybody else to do so.

"The reports which have so far appeared in the press have contained a number of important inaccuracies about my position and about what has happened.

"I intend to inform the tribunal about these inaccuracies."

The News of the World reported Ms Forsyth said she was asked to assist Prince Harry to compile his AS-level art coursework journal. The marks from this discipline counted towards his final A-level grade.

A statement from Clarence House after the report was published dismissed the claims as "unfounded allegations by a disaffected teacher in the context of her dispute with the school".

Eton has described the allegations as absurd.

"They are not just untrue - the exam board confirmed this - but are of no relevance to the tribunal case whatsoever," a spokesman said.

Teachers sent the prince's 2002 exam paper to be double-checked anonymously by the exam board, but no irregularities were discovered.

Prince Harry, who is third in line to the throne, passed his Sandhurst entrance exams in September.




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