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  • 8 February 2013, 12:34

Phone Hacking: Duchess And 17 Others Settle

The Duchess of York is among the latest phone hacking victims to reach settlements with News Group Newspapers.

The company, which published the now-defunct News Of The World, has agreed to pay a further 17 people including Sarah Ferguson, whose voicemail messages were repeatedly intercepted by journalists.

Actors Hugh Grant and Christopher Ecclestone, singers James Blunt and Kerry Katonaand self-proclaimed mystifier Uri Gellerwill also receive undisclosed settlements.

Mr Grant,a prominent member of Hacked Off, which is campaigning for the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry into press practices to be implemented in full, announced in December he had agreed a "substantial sum".

Meanwhile, Colin Stagg, whowas wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell in 1992, will receive 15,500 from News Group Newspapers.

The value of his settlement was the only one made public at the High Court.