Meghan Markle launched a legal war on British tabloids in 2019 that described her private life, especially her relationship with her father Thomas. The Duchess and her husband Harry sued the publisher of “The Mail On Sunday”, who made the content of Meghan’s private letter to his father public, in which she asked him for peace and not to tell the media about their relationship.
“Daddy, I am writing to you with a heavy heart, not understanding why you have decided to go this path and pretend you don’t see the pain you are causing. Your behavior broke my heart into a million pieces – not only because you caused such unnecessary pain, but because you refuse to tell the truth and act like a mere puppet. I will never understand it – the duchess wrote in a letter published by “The Mail On Sunday”.
Markle sued Associated Newspapers (which owns “The Mail On Sunday”.) For publishing a total of five articles reproducing excerpts from the “personal and private” letter she sent to her father Thomas in 2018.
Meghan Markle goes to court with “The Mail On Sunday”
At first instance, a British court ruled that “The Mail On Sunday did not act in bad faith by publishing the fox. Markle challenged this decision and won.”
It was personal, private content, and did not concern the issue of a legitimate public interest, the court justified.
The Court of Appeal rejected the request Associated Newspapers to adjudicate on Markle’s full privacy and copyright lawsuit against the letter.
Meghan Markle commented on the court’s decision: “it’s a victory not only for me, but for anyone who has ever felt too intimidated to stand up for what is right.”
Associated Newspapers, publisher of The Mail On Sunday, is disappointed with the verdict and is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Mail on Sunday belongs to the Associated Newspapers media group (now DMG Media). Its portfolio includes such titles as “Daily Mail”, “Mail Today”, “Metro”, “Irish Mail Today” and the websites MailOnline, Metro.co.uk.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry outside the royal family
In early 2020, the Ducal Couple of Sussex – Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Harry and his wife Meghan – unexpectedly announced that they would resign from their functions at the British court and would be financially independent from the monarchy.
– We intend to withdraw as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty. It is with your encouragement, especially in the last few years, that we feel ready for this change, wrote the Duchess and Duke of Sussex on Instagram.