LONDON – A judge in London on Wednesday listens to the latest stage in a privacy lawsuit filed by a Sussex priest against a British newspaper as Meghan tries to keep the names of five of her friends out of public view.
Former Meghan Markle sues the publisher of Mail on Sunday̵7;s newspaper and website MailOnline in the UK Supreme Court for five articles that published parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
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Meghan, 38, asks Associated Newspapers Ltd. damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection violation. Associated Newspapers said it strongly denied the allegation.
In a one-day pre-trial trial, Judge Mark Warby is considering a request from Meghan’s lawyers to ban the disclosure of the personal details of friends who spoke anonymously in People in early 2019 to condemn the alleged bullying he received from the UK press.
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Newspaper lawyers claim that it was Meghan’s friends who published the letter by describing it in the article People. Associated Newspapers say friends’ evidence is “at the heart of the case” and their identities should be known.
Duchess Justin Rushbrooke’s lawyer argued that the court had a duty to “protect the identity of confidential journalistic sources.”
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Associated newspapers claim that the information about the letter to Thomas Markl published in the article People must come “directly or indirectly” from the Duchess.
But Rushbrooke said Meghan didn’t know at the time that her friends were talking to the magazine. He said the anonymous interviews were held by one in five friends, who feared criticism of the toll media that the Duchess was pregnant with at the time with her first child.
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The lawyer said Meghan “did not know in advance that the letter should be referred to” and did not even know that the interviews would take place.
In her testimony in the case of the Duchess, she stated that “each of these women is a private citizen, a young mother and each has a fundamental right to privacy.”
“These five women are not in court and I am,” she wrote. “The publisher of Mail on Sunday is the one who is on the exam. It is this publisher who has acted illegally and is trying to avoid liability; create a circus and divert attention from this case – that the post office illegally published my private letter on Sunday. “
American actress Meghan Markle, a former star of the television legal drama “Suits”, married Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson. At a grand ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born the following year,
In January, the couple announced that they had abandoned royal duties and moved to North America, stating that the British media claimed to be unbearable.
Neither Wednesday, Harry, nor Meghan were in court.