“If Harry wishes to criticize the country and the government, he has lost the right to be a British prince”

The Duke of Sussex looks down as he leaves after giving evidence in the Mirror Group phone hacking trial at the High Court's Rolls Building - Karwai Tang/WireImage

The Duke of Sussex looks down as he leaves after giving evidence in the Mirror Group phone hacking trial at the High Court’s Rolls Building – Karwai Tang/WireImage

The Duke of Sussex was back in court this week, as he took legal action against Mirror Group Newspapers.

While Telegraph readers have been busy leading the conversation on the trial, they have also discussed the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam in Ukraine, Rishi Sunak on his small boat scheme and other revelations about the lockdown.

Read on to see this week’s top talking points in the comments section, homepage newsletter, and letters page.

Prince Harry case against the Mirror

The Duke of Sussex gave evidence in his case against the Mirror Group newspapers over alleged unlawful newsgathering on Tuesday and Wednesday. Prince Harry has been reprimanded by a High Court judge for missing the first day of proceedings due to the birthday of his daughter Princess Lilibet.

For two days, Prince Harry took the witness stand to give evidence and, in his witness statement, said he believed the government was on the ‘bottom line’.

Readers are unconvinced by Prince Harry’s case, as they have argued that he lacks hard evidence. Many condemned his criticism of press intrusion, saying he betrayed his own family’s privacy for money with his memoir Spare.

Attack on a dam in Ukraine

Russia was accused of destroying the Nova Kakhovka dam on Tuesday to slow down the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

The explosion, which is called Europe’s biggest man-made disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, triggered a deluge of water across the war zone and put more than 80 settlements and 16,000 people at risk.

Readers call the destruction of the dam a war crime, but point out that it strengthened the will to defeat Russia.

Others have speculated on the strategy of such an attack, suggesting that the destruction of critical infrastructure shows that the Russians expect to lose the region.

Update from Rishi Sunak on migration

On Monday, Rishi Sunak said his small boat plan was working, citing a 20% drop in illegal arrivals in the Channel so far this year. The Prime Minister also announced the purchase of two new accommodation barges.

Mr Sunak later indicated he was prepared to defy the House of Lords and force his bill to tackle small craft crossings through Parliament, as his peers threatened to delay the bill.

Although readers lack confidence in Mr. Sunak, they point to the need to pass the Small Boat Bill and end their entitlement to benefits.

The cost of containment revealed

The lockdown only saved 1,700 lives in England and Wales in spring 2020, according to a landmark study by scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Lund University.

The study concluded that the benefits of the policy were “a drop in the ocean compared to the staggering collateral costs” imposed.

Many readers have joined Molly Kingsley in feeling vindicated after previously being criticized for her longstanding skepticism. Others have focused on what lessons we can learn from this study, as well as how its findings could prove damning for the ongoing Covid investigation.

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