Meghan Markle court case: 7 surprising discoveries we learned

Brenda Watkins
November 22, 2020

Her reason being that she was concerned that her father, Thomas Markle's claims about her cutting him out of her life, would be repeated.

The Duchess spent "many hours" working on a draft of the letter on her iPhone and shared it with both her husband, Prince Harry, and Mr Knauf, "for support as this was a deeply painful process that they lived through with her", she states.

It said she wrote the letter "in accordance with the advice that she had received".

The newspaper also claims that the Duchess has cooperated with the Finding Freedom authors and allowed them to publish extracts from her letter to Thomas, something her father did in relation to the British tabloid.

Associated Newspapers, which strongly denies the duchess' allegations, has claimed Meghan had help writing the letter from her and Harry's then-communications director, Jason Knauf, or other palace staff. The document did not name the members of the royal family consulted by Meghan.

Her husband said back in October 2019 that the letter was redacted to "purposely misled" the readers "by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year".

According to a report in The Guardian, part of Meghan's document submitted in court reads, "In accordance with the advice that she (Meghan) had received from the two members of the royal family, the claimant made a decision to write a private letter to her father in an attempt to get him to stop talking to the press".

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The Duchess of Sussex, however, "does not know to what extent or in what terms this one item of information concerning her communications with her father was shared with the authors", the lawyers added.

Meghan's legal team said in the documents: "Given the claimant's level of distress surrounding the form, frequency and content of the media coverage concerning her father, and as the newest member of the royal family who wanted to follow protocol, the claimant sought advice from two senior members of the royal family on how best to address the situation". And she tried to influence the description of events by offering her own version.

Two senior members of the royal family advised the Duchess of Sussex to write a letter to her father which is now at the centre of a legal battle, a new court document has revealed.

Last month, High Court judge Mark Warby agreed to a request by Meghan to postpone the trial of the case by about nine months, from January until fall 2021.

It adds: "Accordingly, she indicated to a person whom she knew had already been approached by the authors that the true position as above. could be communicated to the authors to prevent any further misrepresentation".

In a ruling on aspects of the case on Wednesday, Warby said Thomas Markle had not been told the reason for the delay.

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