A legal representative for Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper division alleged on Thursday that Prince Harry was compelled 'kicking and screaming' to reveal emails and conduct searches for potentially relevant materials in his legal dispute against the media conglomerate. Harry, aged 39, the younger son of King Charles, along with over 40 other individuals, is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) due to accusations of illegal actions by journalists and private investigators working for The Sun and the now-closed News of the World from the mid-1990s to the mid-2010s. A trial addressing some of these allegations, possibly including Harry's, is scheduled to commence at the High Court in London next January. NGN, which disputes these claims, has already disbursed hundreds of millions of pounds to victims of phone hacking by News of the World and has resolved over 1,300 lawsuits, consistently denying any misconduct by The Sun's staff. Preceding the trial, NGN's legal team has requested an order to compel Harry to disclose any pertinent information he may hold, or that may be retained by his former legal advisors or the royal household, which could be relevant to his knowledge of alleged illegal activities before the end of 2013. If Harry was aware of a potential claim against NGN prior to that date, the case might be dismissed for being filed too late. Anthony Hudson, representing NGN, informed the court that they were compelled to seek the order, accusing Harry of 'obfuscation' and describing the claimant's actions as creating an 'obstacle course' on the matter. Hudson expressed concern that Harry's representatives had claimed that all communication between Harry and J.R. Moehringer, the ghostwriter of his highly successful memoir 'Spare', via the Signal messaging app had been erased. Hudson further noted there was no justification for not searching text or WhatsApp messages between them. The lawyer indicated that the disclosure of other potentially relevant emails had been highly unsatisfactory. 'We have had to extract those from the claimant kicking and screaming,' he stated. David Sherborne, representing Harry, countered by accusing Hudson of using language to 'generate headlines', and asserted that NGN's legal team was merely conducting a fishing expedition. He argued that suggesting Harry was withholding or destroying material was the 'height of hypocrisy', noting that NGN had intentionally deleted millions of emails as a means to conceal incriminating evidence. Sherborne informed the court that there was no indication that the demanded searches would yield any relevant information, explaining that a search of Harry's 'SJPKP' email account for possible relevant terms had resulted in nearly 30,000 hits, with only a few possibly being relevant. This process had taken 130 hours and incurred costs of approximately 50,000 pounds ($63,215). Judge Timothy Fancourt stated he would deliver his ruling on NGN's application later on Thursday.