Wednesday, December 1, 2021

UK publisher lodges Meghan’s privacy appeal

LONDON (AP) – A British newspaper publisher on Tuesday began filing an appeal against a judge’s invasion of the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, claiming she knew the letter could potentially be published.

Publisher Associated Newspapers battles 40-year-old Meghan Markle, who sued her for privacy and copyright infringement in relation to five articles Sunday February 2019 in Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website. which reproduced large fragments of a letter she wrote to her father. Thomas Markle. The letter was written after the American’s marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

In February, a High Court judge sided with Markle, ruling that the newspaper’s publication of the letter was “manifestly excessive and therefore illegal.”

On Tuesday, attorney Andrew Caldecott objected that the letter was not written as “an intimate message for her father’s eyes only.”

“The letter was written specifically with the view that it could be used by the public because the plaintiff understood that Mr. Markle could disclose it to the media,” the lawyer told the Court of Appeal.

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In March, the publisher was ordered to print the Duchess’s copyright infringement statement on the front page, but the statement was not released pending the outcome of the appeal.

The appeal will be heard by three senior judges, which is expected to last three days. The decision must be made at a later date.

Meghan, the former star of the American television legal drama Suits, married Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

In early 2020, Meghan and Harry announced that they were leaving royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said was an intolerable invasion and racist attitude from the British media.

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