Meghan Markle wins ruling in Mail on Sunday privacy fight

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex has won the recent round of the legal battle that was with the mail on Sunday’s publisher, which she wrote to her father.

Following the publication of excerpts from the letter in the newspaper, a judge earlier decided in Meghan’s favour.

According to Meghan, it was a win. She said, “not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right”. She also added, “These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily failure that divides us and we all deserve better.”

The court accepted the duchess’s claim that the letter that she wrote was very personal.

The three judges ruled that the contents of the letter were “personal, private, and not subjects of legitimate public interest.”

It was added further that, “The judge had correctly decided that, whilst it might have been proportionate to publish a very small part of the letter for that purpose, it was not necessary to publish half the contents of the letter.”

Associated Newspapers’ attorneys argued at a three-day hearing in November that Meghan’s claims for invasion of privacy and copyright should be considered in a full trial.

It was also revealed during the investigation that the duchess had given her former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, permission to work with the authors of a book about her and Prince Harry. Though she denied it earlier.

According to Mr Knauf, Meghan herself wrote and emailed a letter that said “Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice, but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability.”

Meghan, on the other hand, stated in her testimony that she did not believe her father would release the letter and that she did not believe the letter would be leaked under any circumstance.
In the sand, she’s drawn a line. Even if her personal life is of public interest, she has demonstrated that she is not public property.

It was a high-risk tactic that could have landed her in court and forced her to answer unpleasant questions, but thanks to the appellate court’s decision, she was able to win without having to do so.
She has prevailed in a judicial struggle that earlier royal generations would have avoided.