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Meghan Markle Demands 'Mail' To Publish Front-page Apology And Pay Up £750k For Misuse Of Private Information

Meghan Markle Demands 'Mail' To Publish Front-page Apology And Pay Up £750k For Misuse Of Private Information

Markle has also asked the High Court to order the Mail to hand over any copies of the handwritten letter sent to her estranged father

The Duchess of Sussex has been making headlines for two main reasons for a while now. First, for her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah and Second, for her case against the Mail for having published her private letters. The Duchess won the case and recent reports say that she has demanded that the Mail must publish a front-page apology and pay up £750,000 of down-payment towards her legal costs, after her “comprehensive win", reported Independent

 



 

Meghan Markle, 39, has also asked the High Court to order the Mail to hand over any copies of the handwritten letter sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. She had sued the Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publisher of the Mail and MailOnline, for having published the letter sent to her father in August 2018. Markle claimed that it was a misuse of her private information, breached her copyright and breached the Data Protection Act. The High Court granted summary judgement in relation to her privacy claim. Markle won without having to go to trial. The judge ruled that the publication of Ms Markle’s letter to her father was “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful”. “It was, in short, a personal and private letter. The majority of what was published was about the claimant’s own behaviour, her feelings of anguish about her father’s behaviour, as she saw it, and the resulting rift between them. These are inherently private and personal matters," the judge said.



 

“The only tenable justification for any such interference was to correct some inaccuracies about the letter”, The inescapable conclusion is that, save to the very limited extent I have identified, the disclosures made were not necessary or proportionate means of serving that purpose. For the most part, they did not serve that purpose at all. Taken as a whole the disclosures were manifestly excessive and hence unlawful," he further added. 
The judge also stated that ANL’s arguments on ownership of the copyright of the letter “seem to me to occupy the shadowland between improbability and unreality”.



 

After winning the case, the Duchess had said in a statement, "with this comprehensive win on both privacy and copyright, we have all won. We now know, and hope it creates legal precedent, that you cannot take somebody's privacy and exploit it in a privacy case, as the defendant has blatantly done over the past two years. I share this victory with each of you—because we all deserve justice and truth, and we all deserve better," People reported. 

References: 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/meghan-markle-daily-mail-high-court-apology-b1810617.html

https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-wins-privacy-case-against-mail-on-sunday/