: A U.K. Court Has Backed Meghan Markle in Her Dispute Over Privacy With a Publisher #WorldNEWS LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex won the latest stage in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper
A U.K. Court Has Backed Meghan Markle in Her Dispute Over Privacy With a Publisher #WorldNEWS
LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex won the latest stage in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper on Thursday, when three senior judges ruled its publisher breached her privacy by reproducing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.
The duchess formally known as American actress Meghan Markle said the Court of Appeal ruling was a victory of “right versus wrong. She issued a call to “reshape a tabloid industry” that has long been the bane of both celebrities and British royals.
Losing claimant Associated Newspapers said it was considering an appeal to the U. K. Supreme Court.
Britains High Court ruled in February that the publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline website unlawfully breached Meghans privacy with five articles that reproduced a large chunk of a handwritten letter she sent her father, Thomas Markle, after she married Prince Harry in 2018.
The publisher appealed, and a hearing was held last month. Dismissing the appeal, senior appeals judge Geoffrey Vos said Thursday that “the Duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter. Those contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest.
In a statement, Meghan, 40, said the ruling was “a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right. ”
“What matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create, she said.
Associated Newspaper lawyers disputed Meghan’s claim that she didnt intend the letter to be seen by anyone but her father.
They said correspondence between Meghan and her then-communications secretary, Jason Knauf, showed the duchess suspected her father might leak the letter to journalists and wrote it with that in mind.
The publisher also argued that the publication of the letter was part of Thomas Markle’s right to reply following a People magazine interview with five of Meghans friends alleging he was “cruelly cold-shouldering” his daughter in the run-up to her royal wedding.
But Vos said that the article, which the Mail on Sunday described as “sensational,” was “splashed as a new public revelation rather than focusing on Thomas Markles response to negative media reports about him.
In their appeal, Associated Newspapers had also argued that Meghan made private information public by cooperating with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, authors of “Finding Freedom,” a sympathetic book about her and Harry.
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