Eton schoolmaster David Cooper has launched a legal battle for libel damages against Associated Newspapers.
He claims a story in the Evening Standard last December, headed “Prince Harry’s chaplain quizzed over gun hoard”, was defamatory.
The story alleged he had committed serious criminal offences, including unlawfully possessing machine guns and pistols, stealing Argentinian firearms during the Falklands War, and failing to keep the weapons he did legitimately possess securely, he says.
The story also claimed that he was being investigated by police for firearms offences, and over financial irregularities involving Eton’s cadet force, according to a High Court writ.
Cooper is seeking damages for libel and an injunction banning the repetition of the words of which he complains.