Friday, September 4, 2020

Meghan Markle sues agency over paparazzi pics of her walking dogs with Archie

Meghan Markle is suing a picture agency over paparazzi photos of her walking her dogs with baby son Archie.

The Duchess of Sussex claims her privacy was breached when the snaps were taken in Vancouver in January, and has launched legal action against Splash News.

The High Court in London heard on Thursday afternoon that Meghan claims her and her son's privacy was invaded during the incident and that data protection laws were broken when the photos were sold to British newspapers.

Barrister Jonathan Barnes, representing Meghan and her son, told the hearing she denies suggestions that she agreed to the pictures being taken or "acquiesced" when she saw Splash photographer Steve Dennett.

"They were papped in this location," he told the court.

"The photographs which are the first stage of the wrongful conduct we complain about took place in Vancouver."

He said his client argues she and her son, eight months old at the time, were walking on a "private recreational route" on Vancouver Island, close to the £10m mansion where they were staying at the time.

"The day before, Mr Dennett was at the private home of the claimants, doing what might be colloquially known as casing their home, taking photos through the security fence," said Mr Barnes.

"He wasn't at the park by accident."

Mr Barnes said the photos were sold by Splash to Associated Newspapers and News Group, publishers of the Mail and The Sun respectively.

Within hours of being taken they had been published in the MailOnline under the headline "Meghan Markle beams as she takes her dogs for a walk with Archie in a baby carrier".

"That conduct, which is essentially trading of private information or personal data, all took place here," he said.