Meghan, Harry 'did not collaborate' with recent book: Lawyers

Brenda Watkins
September 22, 2020

It said the book, ' Finding Freedom', "contains a great deal of detailed information about (Meghan's) personal life, including a number of passages referring to her relationship and communications with her father, and a section referring to the letter which is at the heart of this case".

In the author's note describing how they researched the book, Ms Durand and Mr Scobie said: "We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves".

"The claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the book", her lawyer Justin Sherbrooke said in a written submission via ET Canada.

The news group wanted to allege that she "caused or permitted information to be provided directly or indirectly to, and co-operated with, the authors. including by giving or permitting them to be given information about the letter". The judge also struck out allegations that the publisher deliberately stirred up issues between Meghan and her father and that it had an agenda in publishing intrusive articles about her.

The Mail on Sunday published it in February 2019.

It is not clear if the judge will give a ruling on ANL's application to amend its defence yesterday or reserve it to a later date.

Meghan Markle 'co-operated' with Finding Freedom authors, claim lawyers in latest privacy battle

Lawyers for ANL say that her cooperation with the book mirrors the way her five friends briefed People Magazine with her permission about the letter to her father.

The next stage in the Duchess of Sussex's legal action against a British newspaper over its publication of a "private and confidential" letter to her estranged father is due to be heard at the High Court.

"The first thing we did, and why she came to see me was we sat at the dining room table here, where I am right now, and cold-called voters", Steinem remarked during the socially distanced Sunday interview, adding that Markle greeted everyone on the phone with "Hi, I'm Meg" and followed up with, "Are you going to vote?"

Monday's court session was the latest preliminary hearing in the high-cost, high-profile case. Her lawyers deny the claim.

Despite those costs, the Duchess' legal team said they were "reasonable and proportionate" for an estimated 10-day trial, a claim disputed by Associated Newspapers, which says £1.8 million is "out of all proportion" for a claim of this kind. A full trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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