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Meghan Markle victorious in privacy fight against Mail on Sunday publisher

21:52, 02 December 2021
Meghan Markle victorious in privacy fight against Mail on Sunday publisher Photo: twitter.com/OutAndAbouter

The Duchess of Sussex has won another court fight against Associated Newspapers over a letter destined to her father three years ago.

Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle has been declared victorious in the latest stage of a court battle against the publisher of Mail on Sunday as a UK court has refused to accept an appeal filed by Associated Newspapers to have a trial in the privacy and copyright case.

"In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation, and calculated attacks. It’s not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what's right," the Duchess of Sussex commented after the announcement.

The group which includes the largest British tabloid Daily Mail has expressed discontent over the decision and is now expected to appeal against it in the Supreme Court. The former actress has accused it of fueling hype at the cost of the pain of others adding the victory represents an important step in her fight against tabloids.

Meghan took legal action against the publisher in 2019 after it had taken possession of some parts of the letter sent to her father Thomas Markle in 2018 and published it in the Mail on Sunday tabloid.

The court ordered that Megan should have her privacy respected and found Associated Newspapers guilty.

"Those contents were personal, private, and not matters of legitimate public interest. The articles in the Mail on Sunday interfered with the duchess's reasonable expectation of privacy," the judge said in a statement.

AN representatives contested that the judgment was made without evidence tested at trial.