London – A UK court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by a newspaper publisher seeking to overturn an earlier ruling which found the Mail on Sunday hadby publishing excerpts from a letter she sent to her father. The British Court of Appeal upheld the first , delivered in February, that the Mail had in fact violated Meghan’s privacy in a way that was “patently excessive and therefore illegal”.
In a statement provided by Meghan and her husband’s Archwell nonprofit, the Duchess called the appeals court decision a ‘victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever been afraid of stand up for what is right ”.
“While this victory sets a precedent, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel and profits from the lies and the pain they create. Meghan said in the statement, adding that she had always “treated this trial as an important measure of good against evil”.
She accused the Mail on Sundaythe editor of Associated Newspapers Ltd., however, to treat it as “a game without rules”.
The Duchess said the news group distorted the facts in an attempt to manipulate public opinion, “even during the call itself, making a simple case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more of newspapers – a model that rewards chaos above the truth ”.
The statement appeared to be a reference to Associated Newspapers presenting evidence during the appeal process from Meghan’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf, who claimed she knew her father could make the letter public. Knauf alleged that Meghan told him: ‘Obviously everything that I wrote is understood that it could be disclosed, so I was meticulous in my choice of word. “
In a written statement to the court, Meghan denied that she ever thought her father would disclose the letter, but apologized for misleading the court and for not remembering, she claims, that Knauf had provided information to the authors of “Finding Freedom,” a book about her and Prince Harry, with her consent.
As Holly Williams, CBS News correspondent Meghan reportedAssociated Newspapers Ltd. après la Mail on Sunday released parts of her handwritten letter to her father in 2018. Her lawyers called the letter a “heartfelt plea” in which she begged Thomas Markle to stop speaking to the media. It was his father who gave extracts of the letter to the tabloid.
The February ruling found the newspaper infringed the Duchess’s privacy and copyright, but Associated Newspapers immediately appealed the verdict.
If the editors had succeeded in appealing, Williams of CBS News said there could have been more embarrassment as the case would likely have gone to trial – with royals potentially being asked to testify. It was a high-risk strategy on the Duchess’s part, Williams said, but she emerged victorious, at least in a legal sense.