Friday, May 1, 2020

Meghan Markle loses first High Court challenge over privacy claim against newspaper

Meghan Markle has lost the first round of her High Court battle against a newspaper over its publication of a "private and confidential" letter to her estranged father.

A judge has thrown out allegations in the Duchess of Sussex's privacy claim against Associated Newspapers in the first ruling in the case, but kept the door open for those parts to be revived.

A law firm representing Meghan, who is not appealing the decision, said "we are surprised" but insisted the duchess still has a "strong case" against the publisher.

She is suing the publisher over five articles - two in the Mail on Sunday and three on MailOnline - which were published in February 2019 and reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to Thomas Markle in August 2018.

No date has been set for any further hearing in the case and it is not known when a full trial of the issues is expected to take place.