‘Prince Harry has lost an Ipso complaint over a Mail on Sunday story that revealed he had photos taken with a ‘drugged and tethered’ elephant.
The Duke of Sussex complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation saying the paper had breached Clause 1 of its Editors’ Code of Practice, ‘Accuracy’, regarding the article published on April 28 last year.
Harry had posted wildlife pictures on the Sussex Royal Instagram page for Earth Day – images used by The Mail on Sunday for a story with the headline: ‘Drugged and tethered… what Harry didn’t tell you about those awe-inspiring wildlife photos’.
It was reported that the images ‘don’t quite tell the full story’ as they did not show the rope around the back legs of one of the pictured elephants, adding that the complainant ‘notably avoided explaining the circumstances in which the images were taken’.
The article reported that a spokesperson for the complainant had declined to discuss the photos, though ‘sources denied the rope was deliberately edited out of the elephant picture, claiming instead that ”it was due to Instagram’s format”.’
All three of the animals involved – a rhino, elephant and lion – had been tranquilised and the elephant had also been tethered as they were being relocated as part of conservation projects, it was reported.’