After years of legal battles, the Duchess of Sussex has received a printed apology from the proprietors of a British tabloid newspaper.
As per the reports of Deadline, the UK tabloid was ordered by the London High Court to print a front-page apology for invading Meghan Markle’s privacy in February 2019 by releasing parts of a letter that was devised in five pages to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
The notice on Sunday’s front page read, “The Duchess of Sussex wins her copyright infringement case against Associated Newspapers for pieces published in The Mail on Sunday and shared on Mail Online.”
The apology proceeded, “Following a hearing on 19-20 January, 2021, and a further hearing on 5 May, 2021, the Court has given judgment for the Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement. The Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and on Mail Online. Financial remedies have been agreed.”
Meghan also released a statement post the court case
Shortly after the court’s judgment, Meghan Markle issued a statement expressing her relief. “I have been really patient in the face of lies, intimidation, and premeditated attacks in the nearly three years since this began,” she wrote. “The courts made their decision and held the defendant accountable for their actions, and my hope is that we will all follow suit.” Because it isn’t as distant from your personal life as it appears. Tomorrow, it may be you.”
“I’ve always thought of this case as a fundamental test of right versus wrong. The defendant has approached it as if it were a no-rules game,” Meghan said. “The longer they dragged it out, the more they were able to twist facts and influence the public (even during the appeal), making a simple case tremendously convoluted in order to produce more headlines and sell more newspapers—a paradigm that supports chaos over truth.” For over three years, I’ve stayed patient in the face of lies, intimidation, and calculated attacks.
The verdict was reached following a three-day appeal hearing in November, during which the grounds of a summary judgment given in Meghan’s case were discussed on February 11 were re-examined.
The initial judgment claimed that the Mail on Sunday had violated Meghan’s privacy by publishing excerpts from a handwritten letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, in five articles in February 2019.
It also claimed that the Mail on Sunday had violated Meghan’s copyright by publishing excerpts from the letter, which she sent shortly after marrying Prince Harry in May 2018.