Meghan Markle wins victory against the Mail on Sunday in privacy battle

Thursday, February 11
Deirdre McKeever

 Meghan Markle has won her High Court privacy battle against the Mail on Sunday.

The Duchess of Sussex sued the newspaper’s publisher, Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) over the publication of extracts of a letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

The case centred on a letter sent by Meghan to Mr Markle in August 2018, shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry, in which she urged him to stop speaking to the media.

Her lawyers argued, at a hearing last month, that ANL has "no prospect" of defending her claim for misuse of private information and breach of copyright.

They asked the court to grant "summary judgment" in relation to those claims, a legal step that would see those parts of the case resolved without a trial.

And today Lord Justice Warby agreed, ending the privacy claim with a victory for Meghan and avoiding the need for a trial.

“It was, in short, a personal and private letter", concluded Lord Judge Warby. "The majority of what was published was about the claimant’s own behaviour, her feelings of anguish about her father’s behaviour – as she saw it – and the resulting rift between them.

“These are inherently private and personal matters.”

A secondary claim of copyright infringement was not totally dismissed, with a future hearing set for early March, and a third allegation around data protection is still live.