U.K Tabloid Starts Appeal Against Privacy Ruling On Duchess Meghan Letter

A British tabloid began on appeal on Tuesday against a high court judge’s ruling in favour of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in her privacy and copyright over the publication of a letter she had written to her estranged father.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

PARIS, France – Meghan, 40, sued Associated Newspapers, the published of the Mail on Sunday, for printing parts of the letter she wrote to Thomas Markle in August 2018 three months after her marriage to Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry.

Early this year, Judge Mark Warby ruled in her favour without a trial, and said the paper should print a front page apology and pay her legal bills.

On Tuesday, the paper launched a three – day appeal against his decision, saying the judge should not have treated the letter as an ‘intimate communication’ between Meghan and her father, and har reached wrong conclusion on other issues.

‘The letter was crafted specifically with the possibility of public consumption in mind, because the claimant appreciated Mr Markle might disclose it to the media’, Andrew Caldecott, the Mail’s lawyer, told three of England’s most senior judges on the Court of Appeal.

Meghan write the give – page letter to Markle following a collapse in their relationship in the run – up to her wedding, which her father missed due to ill hearth and after he admitted posing for paparazzi pictures.

The paper, which published extracts in February 2019, also argued it Markle had a right to respond to comments by Meghan’s anonymous friends in interviews with the U.S. magazine People.

The judge’s approach to correction, right of replay and the wider public interest was we suggest much too narrow and contrary to authority’, Caldecott said, adding Markle wanted the letter published to put the record straight.

The duchess’s lawyers said the appeal should be thrown out as another trail would allow further invasion of her privacy, while the Mail would profit from the ‘media circus that would invitably result’.

Meghan and Harry’s relations with Britain’s tabloid press collapsed after they got married. The couple have said they would have ‘zero engagement’ with four major British papers, including the Daily Mail, accusing them of false and invasive coverage.