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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 Katona and self-proclaimed mystifier Uri Geller will 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, who was 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.