The Mail on Sunday Loses Appeal in Breached Privacy Case Filed by Meghan Markle
10:08 GMT 02.12.2021 (Updated: 10:49 GMT 02.12.2021)
© AFP 2021 / ANGELA WEISSIn this file photo taken on September 25, 2021 Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaks during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival at the Great Lawn, Central Park in New York City. - Meghan Markle called October 20, 2021 for the United States to provide paid family leave, confessing in an open letter to congressional leaders to feeling "overwhelmed" by the arrival of her daughter.
The tabloid was seeking to overturn a High Court ruling that it had violated Meghan's privacy and copyright by publishing excerpts of a letter she sent to her father in 2018.
A British court has dismissed an appeal by the Mail on Sunday newspaper against a ruling that it had breached Meghan Markle's privacy.
The full judgement is available online.
In 2019, the Duchess of Sussex sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publisher of MailOnline, over five articles that reproduced parts of her handwritten letter to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
Meghan accused the publisher of breach of copyright, infringement of her privacy and breaches of the Data Protection Act.
In February 2021, the judge ruled that the publication of the letter was "manifestly excessive and hence unlawful". Later, Meghan was granted a summary judgement in relation to her privacy claim, which meant that there was no need to go to trial for that part of the case.
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The publisher, however, argued the case should go to trial after the former communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Jason Knauf, testified that Meghan wrote the letter with the awareness that it could be leaked to the media. Meghan's lawyers argued that the letter was personal and "self-evidently was intended to be kept private".
In her written evidence to the Court of Appeal, the Duchess denied allegations that she considered it likely that her father would leak the letter, but did not rule out the possibility.
"The main purpose of the letter was to encourage my father to stop talking to the press. To be clear, I did not want any of it to be published, and wanted to ensure that the risk of it being manipulated or misleadingly edited was minimised, were it to be exploited," Meghan reportedly wrote.