Earlier this week we reported on Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s, ongoing court case against the Mail on Sunday for copyright and breach of privacy.
The dispute began back in August 2018, when Markle sent a written letter to her father, Thomas Markle, following her marriage to Prince Harry which her father could not attend. It is alleged that the Mail on Sunday & the Mail Online published five articles from Markle’s letter in February 2019 without her permission. Markle is bringing a claim against the Mail over the reproduction of parts of her letter. Mr Markle, the recipient of the letter, has said that he wanted the letter to be published in order to “set the record straight” in respect of his relationship with his daughter.
The Mail on Sunday & the Mail Online have claimed that Markle had written the letter with the view that it would then be disclosed publicly at some point in the future as it would provide her with a defence against any assertions of her being an uncaring or unloving daughter. The Mail has also argued that Markle would have had some inclination that Mr Markle may have chosen to disclose the letter as well.
Markle’s lawyers have dismissed any suggestion by the Mail that such a letter was in the public interest. Markle’s legal team argue that the letter was a heartfelt plea from a daughter to her father, and the publication of this letter by the Mail infringes her copyright and is a breach of data protection. As we reported earlier this week, Markle’s legal team have requested summary judgment claiming that the Mail & Mail Online have no real prospect of defending the claim. We will keep you updated on progress of this case.
If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright