German court ups Princess Madeleine's libel award
Published: 31 Jul 2009 08:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Jul 2009 08:27 GMT+02:00
The Swedish royal family had indicated earlier that the money will be donated to charity.
The case stems from several articles published in papers belonging the Klambf publishing house, including titles such as “Frau mit Herz” and “Welt der Frau”.
The stories included a wide range of false information and claims about Princess Madeleine life and living habits.
According to German press reports published on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Hamburg court said the articles were “unequivocally untrue” and that the substantial damages award was an attempt to create “a major inhibiting effect” on the tabloid press.
The stories were published between 2000 and 2004 and the suit was first filed by the royal family’s star German attorney Matthias Prinz.
According to a statement issued on Thursday, publishers Klambf apparently realized long ago how the court would likely rule.
“The damages amount is of a magnitude expected by the Klambf media group. A corresponding amount was set aside back in 2004,” said the Baden-Baden based publisher.