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The Duchess of York has settled her phone hacking damages claim at the British High Court, receiving a public apology and damages.

The announcement came at the latest hearing before a judge in London to deal with actions brought against News Group Newspapers, publishers of the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

Statements of behalf of 17 people who have settled their claims were being read out before Justice Vos on Friday.

They include singer James Blunt, former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston, entertainer Uri Geller - who was present in court, actor Hugh Grant, former Labour government minister Geoffrey Robinson and Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell.

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