Meghan Markle wins new round in media battle, UK court backs her in dispute over privacy with publisher

The Duchess of Sussex issued a statement saying, “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”

London: Prince Harry’s better half Meghan Markle has won her latest media battle against British newspaper the Mail on Sunday. The Duchess of Sussex issued a statement saying, “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”

The case is related to a letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle three years ago, which he subsequently shared with the newspaper, which it published as excerpts, alongside several opinion pieces on its content.

Subsequently, Meghan brought a claim in the U.K.’s high court against the newspaper for breach of copyright and invasion of privacy. Her legal team, early on in 2021, made a move to obtain a summary judgement in the case (asking the judge to hand down a verdict without a trial). A judge allowed the summary judgment in her favour.

The Mail on Sunday, last month appealed the ruling stating that the case should be allowed a full trial, which would have been expected to last around two weeks, in light of new evidence, including a witness statement from Meghan and Prince Harry’s former private secretary, Jason Knauf, that stated Meghan had written the letter in the knowledge that her father would potentially leak it to the press.

Following the revelations, Meghan in fact apologised to the court stating she had no wish or intention to mislead the Defendant, but interestingly, the Court of Appeal has now found in the duchess’s favour. According to the court, Meghan had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” with regard to the letter.

first published:Dec. 3, 2021, 7 a.m.

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