Last year the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, won her privacy and copyright infringement case against The Associated Newspaper Limited, which is the parent company of the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online (“the Newspaper”).
In 2018, the Newspaper published five articles that included replicated parts of a ‘personal and private’ letter sent to her father, Thomas Markle, before the royal wedding. A High Court Judge ruled in the Duchess’ favour without trial. In December 2021, the Newspaper’s appeal against the decision arguing that the case should go to trial was dismissed. The Newspaper has stated that it will not appeal the decision further at the Supreme Court.
The Newspaper has been ordered to pay the Duchess £1 in damages for the invasion of privacy and will pay a confidential amount for copyright infringement for publishing parts of the letter. Additionally, it is expected to cover her legal costs which could amount to millions of pounds.
The Duchess has said she brought the case as a point of principle and to stand by her values rather than for money and consequently the sum she is due to receive may go to charity.
According to The Hill, Meghan called the ruling a "victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what is right”.
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