Meghan Markle wins court appeal in privacy battle over letter to father

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle wins court appeal in privacy battle over letter to father

Meghan Markles extensive struggle with the publisher of Mail on Sunday has finally come to an end.

According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex was able to win a huge victory in the case of her privacy and copyright infringement against the Associated Newspapers when the Court of Appeal in London ruled in her favor against the publisher of Mail on Sunday after they printed parts of a private letter she wrote to her father.

The judgment means that the case does not proceed to judgment and Markle may begin to collect the financial damages from the newspaper. She will also receive a public apology on the front page of Mail on Sunday and the website for Mail Online.

Meghan said in the statement after the ruling was handed down:

This is a victory, not only for me, but for anyone who has ever felt afraid to stand up for what is right,

She continued:

While this victory is precedent, the most important thing is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that forces people to be cruel and profit from the lies and pain they create.

Thursday’s ruling comes from the three-day appeal in November, which reconsidered the quality of the brief verdict pushed in. Meghan Markles favor.

The original ruling said that Mail on Sunday had broken Meghans privacy by reproducing portions of a handwritten letter she sent her father, Thomas Markle, in five articles published in February 2019.

It also emerged from the trial Mail on Sunday violated Meghans copyright by printing parts of the letter she wrote to her father before the royal wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

The Associated Newspaper reviewed the hearing in November in hopes of getting the ruling overturned by adding last-minute evidence based on a witness statement from the couple’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf.

The Associated Newspaper provided a chain of text messages in between Markle and Knauf who talked about the letter she would write to her father after he decided to go to the media when he was not attending her wedding.

The catalyst for me to do this is to see how much pain this causes H, ā€¯Meghan said via text message in August 2018, using her pet name for her husband. “Even after a week with his father [Prince Charles] and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seems to forget the context – and return to ‘can she not just go and see him and make it stop?

Meghan went on to say:

They basically do not understand, so at least by writing, H will be able to say to his family … ‘She wrote a letter to him, and he still does.’ By taking this kind of action, I am protecting my husband from this constant insult, and even though it is unlikely, it might give my father a moment to pause.

She added:

Everything I have worked out is obviously with the understanding that it could be leaked, so I have been careful in my word choice.

The Court of Appeal took the apology into account, but came to the conclusion that the text showed ‘an unfortunate loss of memory on her part’. The court explained that the chain of messages had little impact on the issues discussed.

The case is now returning to the High Court for compensation. Meghan concluded her opinion with:

Today, the courts ruled in my favor – again – and cemented that The Mail on Sunday, owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere, has broken the law. The courts have held the accused accountable and my hope is that we all start doing the same. For as far away as it may seem from your personal life, it is not. Tomorrow it may be you. These harmful actions do not happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily failure that separates us and we all deserve better.

Do you think Megan Markle will experience the same huge gain for the damages she owes? Let us know in the comments.

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