Meghan Markle's first court win against UK tabloids: Judge ruled they violated her privacy
Meghan Markle copies Kate Middleton with the bow shirt
Meghan Markle takes home a victory in the lawsuit brought against some British tabloids, accused of having deliberately violated her privacy. The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers, the publisher of MailOnline and Mail On Sunday, for copyright infringement (i.e. copyright) and privacy violation for publishing articles showing excerpts from a letter she wrote privately to her father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.
On Thursday 11 February, a first ruling from the London High Court regarding the case arrived. Judge Mark Warby granted Meghan Markle an immediate judgment, thus accepting the request of the lawyers hired by the Duchess and the Duke of Sussex. A partial but already important victory, which will avoid going to trial. Judge Warby stated: “The plaintiff had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private. The articles in the Mail interfered with this reasonable expectation ”.
Also in relation to the copyright claim advanced by Meghan's lawyers, Judge Warby found that the publication of the letter violated copyright. He also specified that if in the coming months the presence of a "co-author" is ascertained, this accusation would probably lapse and go to trial. The defense of Associated Newspapers, in fact, continues to argue that Meghan Markle's letter is not first hand, but written with the help of Jason Knauf, former communications secretary of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Therefore, a further court hearing will take place in March, while the editor of the Mail has already announced that it will appeal.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle released an official statement, first of all thanking the British justice for taking action against the "illegal and dehumanizing practices" of Associated Newspapers and Mail on Sunday. The Duchess of Sussex, as always, did not spare herself and added to the dose by stating: “The world needs reliable, verified and high quality news. What the Mail on Sunday and the other tabloids do is the opposite. We all lose when disinformation sells more than truth, when moral exploitation sells more than decency and you set your business model to profit from people's pain ”.
Then, of course, there was no lack of a special dedication to her inseparable husband, Prince Harry, always by her side in every battle. "I would like to thank my husband, my mother and the legal team, especially Jenny Afia for her unrelenting support during this process."
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