The Mail on Sunday has won the first round of a legal battle against The Duchess of Sussex. The Duchess, is taking legal action against the publication for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement after letters from Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle, were published.
The publisher, Associated Newspapers, denies all allegations and argues that The Duchess of Sussex had no reasonable expectation of privacy and anticipated publication of the letter.
Lawyers for Schillings, the firm representing The Duchess of Sussex, commented on the ruling, “The Duchess’ rights were violated, the legal boundaries around privacy were crossed. The strong case against Associated will continue to focus on the issue of a private, intimate and handwritten letter from a daughter to her father that was published by Mail on Sunday. This gross violation of any person’s privacy is obvious and unlawful.”
The ruling came on Friday when as judge, Mr Justice Warby, struck out parts of Meghan’s claim including the allegations that the Mail on Sunday acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain parts of the letter sent to Thomas Markle. The other allegations struck out included that the publisher deliberately “stirred up” issues between Meghan and her father as well as an allegation that the publisher had an “agenda” of publishing intrusive or offensive stories about The Duchess.
Associated Newspapers have since said they will ask The Duchess of Sussex to pay their legal costs in excess of £50,000 after Harry and Meghan refused to deal with the strike-out issue out of court. The Duchess of Sussex will also have to pay her own legal costs which are thought to be in excess of £100,000.