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A UK court will rule on Meghan’s privacy action against the publisher

Key takeaways:

  • The former Meghan Markle’s letter to her father Thomas Markle, sent after she married Prince Harry in 2018, was declared to be invalid by a High Court judge.

On Thursday, a British court will decide whether to uphold or overturn a finding that a British newspaper publisher violated the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing portions of a letter she sent to her divorced father.

In February, a High Court judge found that the former Meghan Markle’s letter to her father Thomas Markle, sent after she married Prince Harry in 2018, was “manifestly excessive and so unlawful.”

On Sunday, the Mail publisher and its website, MailOnline, appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal in London, which heard the case last month.

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Associated Newspapers refuted Meghan’s allegation that the letter was intended only for her father. According to the report, Meghan’s emails with her then-communications secretary, Jason Knauf, suggested the duchess was concerned that her father might leak the letter to journalists and composed it with that in mind.

Meghan made private information public by partnering with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, authors of “Finding Freedom,” a sympathetic book about her and Harry, according to the publisher.

Previously, the duchess’ lawyers denied that she or Harry had worked with the authors. However, Knauf said in court that he provided material to the writers and discussed it with Harry and Meghan.

Knauf’s testimony, which had never been revealed before, was a startling turn in the long-running case.

Meghan, 40, responded by apologizing for lying to the court about the extent of her collaboration with the book’s authors.

UK court to rule on Meghan privacy case appeal

“I regret to the court for the fact that I had not remembered these dialogues at the time,” the duchess said, adding that she didn’t remember the discussions with Knauf when she gave evidence earlier in the case.

In a written declaration, she stated, “I had absolutely no wish or intention to deceive the defendant or the court.”

Meghan, a former actress of the American television legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

In early 2020, Meghan and Harry stated that they would be leaving their royal duties and migrating to North America, citing “unbearable intrusions” and “racist attitudes” in the British media.

With their two young children, they have relocated to Santa Barbara, California.

Source: CTV News

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