A UK newspaper editor has appealed a judge’s ruling that he violated the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her ex-father, arguing that ‘ she knew the letter would potentially be published
LONDON (AP) – A UK newspaper publisher on Tuesday began legal action against a judge’s ruling he violated the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her ex-father, arguing that she knew the letter would potentially be published.
Publisher Associated Newspapers is fighting Meghan Markle, 40, who sued her for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement for five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website which reproduced large parts of a letter she had written to her father, Thomas Markle. The letter was written after the American’s 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
A High Court judge sided with Markle in February, ruling that the newspaper’s publication of the letter was “patently excessive and therefore illegal”.
On Tuesday, lawyer Andrew Caldecott retorted that the letter was not written as an “intimate communication reserved for the eyes of his father”.
“The letter was specially crafted with the potential for public consumption in mind, as the applicant appreciated Mr. Markle being able to release it to the media,” the lawyer told the Court of Appeal.
The publisher was ordered in March to print a front-page statement saying he had infringed the Duchess’s copyright, but the statement was not released pending the outcome. of the call.
Three senior judges preside over the appeal, which is expected to last three days. A decision is due at a later date.
Meghan, a former star of the American television legal drama “Suits”, married Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
Meghan and Harry announced in early 2020 that they were stepping down from royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media.