Blackstone’s Dinah Rose triumphs in media v state battle over prince’s letters

It involves the state, the media, the monarchy and the judiciary. No wonder today’s Court of Appeal judgment over Prince Charles’s infamous “spider letters” has racked up headlines.

A Guardian journalist’s fight to publish the prince’s correspondence with Government ministers has been a long and tumultuous one. The Government has battled to keep the prince’s memos private, even using a rare veto against a 2012 court order won by Evans – a move backed up by a judicial review.

But today Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC, leading setmate Stephanie Palmer and One Brick Court’s Aidan Eardley, triumphed in quashing the attorney general Dominic Grieve QC’s 2012 order.

The CoA handed down a stinging critique of the Government’s actions, despite the best efforts of 11KBW’s Jonathan Swift QC and Julian Milford to defend Grieve’s decision to impose the veto.

Now the Government has pledged to take the case to the Supreme Court, meaning this nine-year battle is set to continue.

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