LONDON – A judge in London is hearing the latest phase of Sussex’s privacy-infringement lawsuit against a UK newspaper on Wednesday as Meghan tries to keep the names of her five friends out of the public eye.
Former Meghan Markle is suing The Mail’s publisher on Sunday’s newspaper and five articles on the MailOnline website in the UK High Court, publishing parts of a handwritten letter she wrote after she married Prince Harry in 2018 Wrote to his distinguished father Thomas Markle. .
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Meghan, 38, is seeking damages from the publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd for alleged misuse of personal information, copyright infringement and data security violations. Associated Newspapers has said that it will fight the claim vigorously.
In a one-day pre-hearing, Judge Mark Warby is considering an application by Meghan’s attorneys to stop publishing personal details of friends who spoke anonymously to People magazine in early 2019 for alleged bullying Was in his hands to condemn. UK Press.
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The newspaper’s lawyers say it was Meghan’s friends who brought the letter into the public domain, describing it in the People article. The Associated Newspaper says friends’ evidence is “at the heart of the case” and their identity should be known.
The Duchess’s attorney, Justin Rushbrook, argued that the court had a duty to “protect the identity of independent journalist sources.”
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Associated Newspapers have argued that information about Thomas Markle’s letter that appeared in the People article would have come “directly or indirectly” from the Duchess.
But Rushbrook said that Meghan did not know at the time that her friends were talking to the magazine. She said the anonymous interviews were arranged by one of five friends, who were worried at the time with their first child, worried about criticism from the toll media.
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The lawyer said that Meghan had “no prior knowledge that there would be any reference to the letter” and also did not know that the interviews were taking place.
In the statement of a witness presented in the case, the Duchess stated, “Each of these women is a private citizen, a young mother, and each has a fundamental right to privacy.”
“These five women are not on trial, nor do I,” she wrote. The Mail publisher on Sunday is the one on trial. This is the publisher who has acted unlawfully and is attempting to avoid accountability; To create and distract a circus from the point of the matter – that the Mail on Sunday illegally made my personal publication. “
American actress Meghan Markle, former star of the TV legal drama “Suits”, married Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson Harry in a grand ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born the following year,
In January, the couple announced they were performing royal duties and were moving to North America, saying they had made an unbearable intrusion from the British media.
Neither Harry nor Meghan were in court for Wednesday’s hearing.