Meghan Markle Felt ‘Unprotected’ by Monarchy, Say Court Documents

Brenda Watkins
July 3, 2020

Meghan is suing the newspaper group for privacy violation after it published parts of a letter she sent her estranged father, and new legal filings explain that as the United Kingdom tabloid media published an increasing number of "false and damaging" articles about her, causing "tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health", her friends (who "had never seen her in this state before") were "rightly concerned for her welfare", the Guardian reports.

The Duchess of Sussex has claimed she was left "unprotected" by the royal family from "false and damaging" media articles when she was pregnant, according to leaked documents published on Thursday (July 2).

Meghan is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles The Mail on Sunday printed past year which included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.

Meghan is suing the publisher and seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of Britain's Data Protection Act.

Speculation about Thomas Markle's attendance dominated the build-up to the ceremony and the 75-year-old was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle. If successful, she has said that any money she wins will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.

Meghan and Prince Harry announced on April 19 that they and their representatives will not deal with four United Kingdom outlets, announcing "there will be no corroboration and zero engagement" in a letter to the editors.

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Markle was also found to have staged paparazzi photos of himself in the run-up to the event and he has since criticized the couple in television interviews.

The Duchess of Sussex said that she suffered "tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health" after so much media attention and that her friends felt "silenced" by Kensington Palace and unable to defend her.

"As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself", the documents continue. He claimed that this as part of a wider "intrusive" campaign of stories against her.

Associated Newspapers declined to comment to NBC News.

It seems that the couple have "learned from the mistakes of the past" and now want to "get the next stage right" now they're living in Los Angeles.

This claim, however, was previously refuted by palace sources who told Harper's Bazaar that most of the royals already knew Meghan was pregnant before Eugenie's wedding but waited till seeing the Sussexes in person that day to congratulate them.

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