The Duchess of Sussex on her court win: “I share this victory with each of you”

Jessica Davis
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Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duchess of Sussex has released a moving statement after winning her high court battle against the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline.

Meghan took out a privacy claim against Associated Newspapers, after two of its titles published parts of a private letter that she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle.

The judge said that Meghan had a “reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private” and that therefore the actions of the Mail and Sunday and the MailOnline were “unlawful”.

Meghan made a passionate statement after the ruling was announced, saying she was “grateful" to the courts for holding Associate Newspapers to account.

“These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence. For these outlets, it’s a game," she said in a statement. "For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”

She also said that she hopes the case creates “legal precedent, that you cannot take somebody’s privacy and exploit it in a privacy case, as the defendant has blatantly done over the past two years.”

She concluded: “I share this victory with each of you — because we all deserve justice and truth, and we all deserve better.”

Meghan sued Associated Newspapers over five articles published, without her permission, including copyright infringement, misuse of private information, and breach of the Data Protection Act.

Photo credit: Alexi Lubomirski - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alexi Lubomirski - Getty Images

Prince Harry first announced Meghan was suing the publisher in 2019, explaining that the British tabloids had relentlessly carried out a "ruthless campaign" against his wife, saying: "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

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