Friday, Aug 12, 2022

UK Daily ‘Mail On Sunday’ Ordered To Publish Front-Page Statement On Meghan Markle’s Legal Victory

Meghan Markle had sued the newspaper on charges of invasion of privacy and copyright infringement after the daily had published portions of a letter she wrote to her estranged father in 2018.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in London AP Photo

A British judge has ordered ‘Mail on Sunday’ to publish a front-page statement highlighting the Duchess of Sussex's legal victory over the newspaper for breaching her copyright by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.

High Court justice Mark Warby said Friday that publisher Associated Newspapers must also run the statement on the ‘Mail Online’ website for a week, with a link to his earlier judgment in the case.

The 39-yaer-old American actress sued the publisher for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over the articles the daily published on February 5, 2019, which reproduced large portions of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

The judge ruled last month that the publisher had misused the duchess's private information and infringed her copyright.

He said the duchess “had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private,” and concluded the paper's publication of large chunks of it was “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful."

The judge did not order the publisher to mention the privacy ruling in its statement, saying media coverage of the case had already “given wide publicity to the claimant's unequivocal success on the privacy claim."

Meghan, a former star of the American TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born the following year.

In early 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They recently bought a house in Santa Barbara, California, and are expecting a second child.

They have recorded an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is due to be broadcast on Sunday.