Meghan Markle’s separated father, Thomas Markle, is willing to testify against his daughter in a court case that the Duchess of Sussex has filed against a British tabloid newspaper.
- The lawyers of the duchess filed the lawsuit alleging the misuse of private information.
- The newspaper’s defense argues that Thomas Markle threw the letter to the press.
- The Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance at a women’s center in Vancouver.
Defense documents filed in the London High Court by mail on Sunday indicate that Thomas Markle’s evidence will be used if the matter goes to trial.
The lawsuit relates to a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex to her father after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018 and published by mail on Sunday.
The Duchess’s attorneys filed the lawsuit in October 2019, alleging the misuse of private information, copyright infringement and violation of the Data Protection Act of 2018.
Meghan’s father became the focus of intense media scrutiny in the pre-wedding period of 2018 at Windsor Castle after it was learned that he had taken photos with a paparazzi photographer.
He lost his daughter’s wedding after undergoing cardiac surgery.
In the 44-page document presented at the High Court in London that describes the defense of newspapers, the newspaper argues that Thomas Markle threw the letter to the press to present false accusations against him.
In addition, the documents allege that the Duchess of Sussex and her team had “informed” the media against Thomas Markle to obtain favorable coverage and that there was a “huge and legitimate” public interest in publishing excerpts from the letter.
“The accusation of privacy, which Meghan is making in this particular case, is that there was also an invasion of her privacy by the disclosure of this letter and information about her personal relationship,” media lawyer Mark Stephens told the BBC .
“Indeed, Thomas Markle and, therefore, the defense of Mail on Sunday is because it is alleged that Meghan and his team were reporting against Thomas Markle: he had the right to respond, he had the right to defend himself, he had the right to register is direct and it’s much less clear that she wins that cleanly or not at all. “
Meghan’s first appearance in Canada
The Duchess of Sussex did not attend the family summit since she was in Vancouver with her son Archie. (Facebook: Downtown Eastside Women’s Center)
The lawsuit continues months of acrimony between the British press and the royal couple, who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the press coverage they have received.
At that time, Prince Harry said that the publication of the private letter by the Sunday Mail was published “in an intentionally destructive manner.”
“It will surely end with a dirty compromise in which they don’t win or go to court and it will be an extraordinary event … with Meghan Markle’s father giving evidence against her, Prince Harry may also be dragged to court.” Roy Greenslade, former editor of the Daily Mirror, told the BBC.
“I thought that the royal family as a whole would suffer if this became a public event, which is what it would be in a legal action.”
Other commentators thought it would not come to that.
“The Palace really can’t take the risk of putting it [Meghan Markle] in the witness box because, what would happen if he did not believe it or discovered that he is not a witness of the truth? Just beg for belief, “Mr. Stephens said.
“And, of course, the editor of Mail on Sunday has absolutely no incentive to solve this. As far as he is concerned, he died and went to heaven because every time this case is presented, he has another story.”
“Every element of this is another story and more publicity for the Mail on Sunday. So it doesn’t matter what this costs at all.”
The Queen agreed to a transition period for the couple when they retreat as royalty. (AP: John Stillwell / Pool Photo, file)
It follows days of intense scrutiny around the Royal Family after Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they planned to move away from their roles as royalty members.
The revelation surprised even those inside Buckingham Palace, but after a summit at the Queen’s estate in Sandringham earlier in the week, the Queen agreed to a transition period for the couple.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain members of the royal family who work full time, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valuable part of my family,” the Queen said in a statement. .
Meghan was not present at the crisis talks, but instead returned to Canada, where the couple intends to divide their time.
The Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance at a women’s center on Tuesday (local time) in Vancouver.
“Look who we have tea with today!” The center posted next to a photo on Facebook.
Questions remain about how the new royal agreement will be financed, who will pay the bill for the security details of the couple and whether the couple will keep their real titles.
Prince Harry will make his first public appearance from the rage at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (local time).
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