Royal Experts Clarified the Drama Around Meghan Markle's Wedding Tiara

Brenda Watkins
July 31, 2020

The 38-year-old duchess - former U.S. actress Meghan Markle - is suing Associated Newspapers over an article published in the Mail on Sunday and online which quoted portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after she married Prince Harry in 2018.

The duchess' legal counsel wanted to argue that the newspaper had acted fraudulently by purposely fueling issues between the father-daughter.

After parts of her legal claim rejected in May - with a High Court Judge striking her claim that the paper deliberately stirred animosity between her and her father - the Duchess has now agreed to pay for the cost of the strike-out hearing.

According to the book, a "distraught" Ms Markle told a friend: "I can't win".

"At this early stage of the litigation it can not be said with certainty that they would be witnesses at the trial".

He said: "We say, on any analysis, that is actually a grotesque perversion of what's actually happened".

In January the couple announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said was unbearable intrusion from the British media.

"Both the Mail on Sunday and the court system have their names on a confidential schedule, but for the Mail on Sunday to expose them in the public domain for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain is vicious and poses a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing".

Associated Newspapers is defending the claim in the High Court in London.

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A lawyer working for The Daily Mail says the people in the report, given the names A through E, should be exposed to the public because it was their interview that brought the letter out into the open.

In written submissions, Antony White QC, acting for ANL, said: "The friends are important potential witnesses on a key issue".

"Reporting these matters without referring to names would be a heavy curtailment of the media's and the defendant's entitlement to report this case and the public's right to know about it", he said.

"No friend's oral evidence could be fully and properly reported because full reporting might identify her, especially as there has already been media speculation as to their identities".

Camera IconThe Queen and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

"The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial".

He said the anonymous interviews were arranged by one of the five friends, who was anxious about the duchess, who was pregnant at the time.

It also emerged that only one of the friends - Friend B, an American citizen who says she approached People magazine of her own accord - has given a witness statement. Associated Newspapers has said it will strongly contest the claim.

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