Get the Duchess of Sussex another victory!
For most of her time in the international spotlight, Meghan Markle has been embroiled in various legal complications.
And you probably will not be surprised to hear that most of this discomfort has involved the British tabloid press and / or the horrible family that raised her.
Obviously, we are not talking about Meghan’s amazing mother, Doria Ragland, but her meandering father and half-sister.
If you have managed to remain happily unaware of their existence, Thomas and Samantha Markle have both managed to make careers out of publicly beating Meghan.
If a media outlet is willing to pay for some garbage talk about the Duchess, you can bet that either Tom or Sam will be first in line with their hand out.
It’s hard to decide which of their shameless cash is most nauseating, but one of the worst cases got Meghan back in court this week.
Back in 2018, Thomas Markle sold a letter from Meghan to a tabloid and gave them permission to publish it.
In response to this gross violation of her privacy, Meghan sued Mail on Sunday and won.
The business, of course, appealed the decision, and it resulted in yet another messy legal quarrel.
The appeal led to further violations of Meghan’s privacy, such as when her text messages were read in court in a futile attempt to prove she knew the letter would be published.
Eventually, justice fortunately arose and the appeal was thrown out of court.
“This content was personal, private and not a matter of legitimate public interest,” the court said in a summary of the verdict Thursday.
“Articles in Mail on Sunday disturbed the Duchess’s reasonable expectation of privacy, “the decision continued.
Following the verdict, Mails publisher ANL said in a statement that it was “very disappointed” and was considering an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.
“It is our strong position that the verdict should be handed down only on the basis of evidence tested during the trial, and not on a summary basis in a highly contested case, before even the disclosure of documents,” the statement read.
Meghan issued her own statement in which she celebrated the victory, hoping it would put the rest of the UK tabloid industry on track.
“This is a victory not only for me, but for anyone who has ever felt afraid to stand up for the right thing,” the Duchess said.
“While this victory is a 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.”
Meghan also criticized the publisher for prolonging the trial and “making a straightforward case extraordinarily complicated to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers – a model that rewards chaos over truth.”
“In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient with deception, intimidation, and calculated attacks,” she said.
“Today, the courts ruled in my favor – again – and cemented it Mail on Sunday, owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere, has broken the law. “
Meghan and Harry have filed several lawsuits in the past year, most of them against overzealous media.
Clearly, the Duke and Duchess do not need the money, but by winning cases like this, they are sending a strong message about what they are willing to put up with.
And you can bet that the couple’s illegal nature has already entered the decision-making process for quite a few editors and paparazzi!
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