Crime & Justice

Meghan Markle wins privacy legal battle against Mail on Sunday

London, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has won an appeal the Mail on Sunday lodged in a bid to overturn a ruling that the publisher had breached her privacy, the London Court of Appeal ruled Thursday.

The Duchess of Sussex sued Associated Newspapers Limited after fragments of a letter she had written to her father in 2018 were published in the British newspaper the Mail on Sunday and won her case earlier this year, but ANL appealed the ruling and pushed for a trial.

Judges Sir Geoffrey Vos, Victoria Sharp and David Bean upheld the High Court Judge’s decision on Thursday adding that the contents of the letter “were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest.”

In a statement, the 40-year-old Duchess said: “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”

“While this win is precedent-setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create,” Markle added.

“From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong. The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules,” she continued.

The Duchess said that during the process ANL, which publishes the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and the MailOnline, had manipulated the public and twisted facts.

“In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation, and calculated attacks. Today, the courts ruled in my favor – again – cementing that the Mail on Sunday, owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere, has broken the law,” the statement added.

Markle, who now lives in the United States with her husband, Prince Henry, and her two children, sued ANL for misuse of private information and breach of copyright and privacy.

ANL argued that the excerpts of the letter — which were published in five articles in February 2019 — were not private after a draft had been shared with a Royal assistant.

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