As part of the ongoing proceedings involved with Meghan Markle‘s case against Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL), it has been revealed that the Duchess of Sussex felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family during her pregnancy. Arguing that the “institution” of the monarchy failed on account of allowing her to become “the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles,” Markle’s case is largely oriented around a scathing article printed by the Mail on Sunday, which featured sections of a private letter she had written her estranged father, Thomas Markle. Claiming it was one of many stories that breached The Duchess’ privacy, new court documents on behalf of Markle’s legal team explore the wider context within which these stores were received, namely within the context of the Royal Family.
Noting that Markle experienced “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health,” the new documents confirm what members of the public had speculated to be true since the early days of her pregnancy. “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare,” it adds. “Specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”
Claiming they only included the letter because it had already been referenced by The Duchess’ friends in an interview with People magazine, ANL is also defending their stance on the basis that the article was in the public interest, given Markle’s wedding was partly paid for by the taxpayer. Hitting back at their claims, Markle’s team has clarified that the wedding, which generated one billion pounds in tourism revenue, far outweighed the public money spent on “security and crowd control.” Further arguing that other members of The Royal Family, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie who also “undertake paid work” as Royals, are yet to receive the same treatment.
Following the treatment of Markle and her and husband, Prince Harry‘s decision to step down as senior royals, the pair have been arguably more vocal about issues regarding injustice, inequality, and most recently, racism. Taking to social media for this year’s virtual Diana Awards, which honors young people who live up to the spirit of the late Princess, Prince Harry talked about racism, inequality, and mobilizing change.
Saying that his mother, the beloved Princess Diana “stood up for something,” even when it wasn’t always easy to do so, Prince Harry went on to highlight the work of 24-year-old James Frater from London, who is tackling racial inequality by creating initiatives to increase the representation of black students at university. “Right now, we’re seeing situations around the world where division, isolation and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface,” he said. “But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands.”
Further mentioning conversations he has shared with wife Markle recently, the Duke says “My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry—sorry that we haven’t got the world to a place you deserve it to be. Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you.”