Prince Harry sold more papers than William and was regarded as new Diana

A private investigator claims he worked for tabloid newspapers who said Prince Harry "sold more copies" than Prince William.

Talking in the new BBC 2 documentary The Princes and the Press that aired on Monday night (November 22) Gavin Burrows says he used to carry out investigative work for News of The World and The Sun, where Harry was thought of as "the new Diana".

Mr Burrows tells BBC journalist Amol Rajan: "It wasn't a case of me being interested in him, the editors made it very clear that if you put Prince William on the front of a newspaper, he doesn't sell as many copies as Prince Harry."

He says there was a lot of interest in Harry's former girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, when the couple began dating in 2004 and he was hired to find out about her personal life.

Mr Burrows says: "There was a lot of surveillance work on her phones, on her comms, Chelsy would brag to her friends when she was going to see him."

He says he was even trying to look at her "medical records" and to find out if she had any ex-boyfriends and to "vet" them.

"I was basically part of a group of people who robbed him of his normal teenage years," he says before admitting he feels remorseful about his past actions.

"I was greedy, I was into my cocaine, and I was living in a fake state of grandeur," he says.

Mr Burrows is a witness in ongoing legal action being brought against News Group Newspapers – the publisher of the Sun and the now-defunct News of the World – over allegations of phone hacking.

News Group Newspapers denied there was any wrongdoing at The Sun and hasn’t admitted liability in any phone-hacking cases.

It said there was some limited unlawful activity at the News of the World which was shut down in 2011.

Prince Harry has not accepted a settlement from News Group Newspapers and the case could possibly end up in court.

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