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“We Have All Won”: Meghan Markle Wins Victory in Her Tabloid Lawsuit

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex has won a victory in her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, the parent company of the Mail on Sunday, with High Court Judge Mark Warby ruling on Thursday that the newspaper did in fact breach her privacy and copyright when it published the letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. She has been granted summary judgment for breach of privacy and breach of copyright which means the case has been struck out and will not go to a full trial in October.

In a statement, Meghan praised the decision and took the time to blast not just the Mail on Sunday for its actions, but the tabloid media as a whole:

“After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanizing practices. These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence. For these outlets, it’s a game. For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.
“The world needs reliable, fact-checked, high-quality news. What The Mail on Sunday and its partner publications do is the opposite. We all lose when misinformation sells more than truth, when moral exploitation sells more than decency, and when companies create their business model to profit from people’s pain. But for today, with this comprehensive win on both privacy and copyright, we have all won. We now know, and hope it creates legal precedent, that you cannot take somebody’s privacy and exploit it in a privacy case, as the defendant has blatantly done over the past two years.
“I share this victory with each of you—because we all deserve justice and truth, and we all deserve better.
“I particularly want to thank my husband, mom, and legal team, and especially Jenny Afia for her unrelenting support throughout this process.”

The result is a major victory for the Duchess who would have been required to take to the witness box and come face-to-face with her estranged father had the case gone to trial. Essentially any future court case will be to assess damages and address the issue of whether palace aide Jason Knauf assisted the Duchess in the writing of the letter and therefore also has a claim to copyright.

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