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The truth behind Prince Harry's name check in the Sean 'Diddy' Combs filing

Rapper and mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs met Prince Harry in 2007

The truth behind Prince Harry's name check in the Sean 'Diddy' Combs filing
Bryony Gooch
US Writer
26 March 2024
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs' homes have been raided by law enforcement as the rapper and mogul is under investigation in a $30-million lawsuit against him. 

But there's one name mentioned in the court documents, filed by Combs' former producer and videographer Rodney 'Lil Rod' Jones, that people might not have been expecting – and you won't believe the reason.

Prince Harry has been name-checked in the filings, which suggests that Diddy's "affiliation" with him, among other stars, gave the rapper and his associates "legitimacy". 

The Duke of Sussex is named only once, and the court documents filed have not suggested any wrongdoing on his part. 

The passage refers to Combs' popularity and the financial benefits that defendants allegedly received for participating and facilitating his "sex-trafficking venture".

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 1: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince William and Prince Harry meet P Diddy and Kanye West at the after concert party the Princes hosted to thank all who took part in the 'Concert for Diana' at Wembley Stadium, July 1, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)© Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library
Prince Harry and Prince William photographed with P Diddy and Kanye West after the Concert for Diana

It reads: "Mr. Combs was known for throwing the 'best' parties. Affiliation with, and or sponsorship of Mr. Combs sex-trafficking parties garnered legitimacy and access to celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artist, musicians, and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry."

Despite this inclusion, and the suggestion that Combs had "access" to the Prince, the reality is that Prince Harry has only met Combs once, in 2007, at a post-concert party that he and his brother Prince William held to thank those who took part in the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium. The Prince of Wales is not named in the court documents. 

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25:  (L-R) Justin Dior Combs, Honoree Sean "Diddy" Combs, Christian Casey Combs, and Quincy Taylor Brown attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)© Gabriel Olsen
Diddy with his sons Justin and Christian, as well as stepson Quincy who was not reported to be at the scene of detainment

Defendants referred to in the court documents include Diddy's son Justin Dior Combs, who was spotted in handcuffs alongside brother Christian "King" Combs outside their father's house during the raid.

Lucian Charles Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group and father-in-law to Sofia Richie, is also listed as a defendant in the filings. As is Ethiopia Habtemariam, Former CEO of Motown Records, the parent company of Love Records, and the rapper and mogul's Chief of Staff, Kristina Khorram.

The former producer and videographer filed a lawsuit against his former employer for sexual assault, harassment and drugging in February 2024 - but he isn't the only person filing against Diddy for sex trafficking. 

A plaintiff identified as Jane Doe accused him of a "sex trafficking scheme", in which she was flown from her home in Michigan to New York in 2003 when she was 17 years old.

HELLO! have reached out to the Duke of Sussex for comment.

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