Megan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, released the juices of a letter she wrote to her father in the High Court in London on Thursday seeking her privacy rights against the Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL).
The 39-year-old former actress’ legal team has sought a conclusive verdict in the case, which was handed down in person by Judge Mark Warby, alleging misuse of personal information against ‘Mail on Sunday’ and the mail online publisher. And private letter.
The judge concluded that “the claimant had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would be private. Mail articles interfere with that reasonable expectation.” The only justifiable reason for any such interruption was to correct some of the mistakes in the letter, which appeared in an article in the People’s Magazine, which featured an interview with five of Markle’s friends.
But the judge added: “The inevitable conclusion is that the revelations were not necessary or proportional means to serve that purpose, except at the very least I found. For the most part they did not fulfill that purpose. Overall, the revelations were apparently excessive, and therefore illegal.” The Duchess, who is now in the United States with her son Arkis, has filed a lawsuit in the UK High Court alleging copyright infringement, breach of her privacy and breach of data protection law. Letter he wrote to his 76-year-old father Thomas Markle in August 2018. Excerpts from the exchange between father and daughter during a difficult relationship were published in the newspaper and online in February 2019.
Last year, the High Court ruled that newspaper publishers could include a book written about the Royals, their relationship and their decision to secede as leading British royals, and sought to overturn a decision taken by Meghan’s legal team as part of their defense. Judge Warby pointed out that further inquiries were needed in March to determine “the next steps” in the legal proceedings.
The ANL team has not yet responded to developments.