Meghan Markle Fights To Keep Friends From Being Named In Lawsuit

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2020

Meghan is suing the newspaper for publishing a private letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, shortly after the royal wedding.

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during her visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London on 7 January 2020.

British royals news reveals that Meghan Markle has asked a British court to keep a newspaper from publishing the names of five friends who defended her while speaking to People Magazine under the guise of anonymity.

The name of Meghan's five friends are contained in the confidential section of the legal papers.

"These five women are not on trial, and nor am I. The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial".

Meghan described each of the women as "a private citizen" and "young mother", who have "a basic right to privacy".

"The palace teams are faced with the difficulty that when things go wrong-particularly on private life matters-quite often, any action taken with the media makes it worse", said the source.

Meghan Markle and her legal team believe that the publisher's threat to publish the names is an attempt to intimidate Meghan and her friends in the lawsuit.

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The Duchess says that publication of their names would be a "vicious" act and would pose "a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing". The Telegraph, citing paperwork filed by the Duchess' legal team Schillings, reported Meghan's team is asking that the information contained in the "confidential schedule" previously submitted "must not be used by the Defendant for any goal except for that of these proceedings (and expressly not for publication in its newspapers)".

The former Suits star asked the courts to keep the United Kingdom tabloids from breaking precedent and "abusing the legal process by identifying these anonymous individuals".

The Mail said that five friends of the Duchess put their versions of the events in interviews with the USA magazine People and therefore, them publishing the letter was justified.

She named them as A, B, C, D, and E in the papers, and they could now be called to testify in the trial.

"Their evidence is at the heart of the case and we see no reason why their identities should be kept secret", they said. "That is why we told the Duchess's lawyers last week that the question of their confidentiality should be properly considered by the Court", the statement concluded.

"Meghan said she would love to be part of a "Mommy and Me" community, but knows this is impossible even if there was no COVID-19 because of who she is".

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