Investigator Apologises For Hacking Prince Harry's Ex Chelsy Davy's Medical Records

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A former private investigator has apologised for hacking Chelsy Davy's medical records.

PI Gavin Burrows, appearing in a new BBC2 'documentary', has admitted his feelings of guilt about targeting Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Davy, while she was dating the royal in the early 2000s.

Among the many acts of surveillance that Burrows claims to have been tasked with by newspaper News of the World, which also include hacking her voicemails and looking up her ex-boyfriends, he has revealed that he was charged with looking into the 36-year-old South African's medical history.

When questioned about what specifically he was looking for in her medical records, Burrows said he was trying to answer the questions: 'Had she had an abortion? Sexual diseases?'

Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

Burrows told the interviewer that he regrets targeting Davy, calling the press at the time ‘ruthless’ and saying 'I was basically part of a group of people who robbed [Harry] of his normal teenage years.'

Although he has apologised more broadly for his part in rooting through Prince Harry's life, and to Harry directly for denying him a childhood, he has not, it would seem, apologised directly to Davy, for the potential trauma that a revelation of her sexual history could have caused.

Davy and the Duke of Sussex remain friends, with the former attending the latter's wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.

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Photo credit: Pool/Max Mumby - Getty Images

Gavin Burrows is a witness in ongoing legal action being brought by Prince Harry against News Group Newspapers. News of the World shut down in 2011 after accusations emerged of the paper hacking the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. News Group Newspapers has accepted a 'limited amount of unlawful activity' at News of the World, but denies any further wrongdoing, and it has not accepted liability in the phone hacking cases.

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