Looks like things are just not going well for Meghan Markle, or at least not how she imagined.
The Duchess of Sussex has now lost the first round of her legal battle against a British tabloid newspaper over the publication of extracts of a handwritten “private and confidential” letter she wrote to her father.
Judge Justice Warby struck out parts of the royal’s claim against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline. Meghan’s arguments were set out by her legal counsel David Sherborne, a prominent lawyer specializing in privacy, confidentiality and defamation cases.
Her claim against the publisher, included allegations that it acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain passages of the “private and confidential” letter — a claim that was struck out by the judge in his ruling. They also struck out allegations that the publisher deliberately “stirred up” issues between Meghan and her father, and that it had an “agenda” of publishing intrusive or offensive stories about her.
A spokesperson for the law firm which is representing Meghan, said the ruling “makes very clear that the core elements of this case do not change and will continue to move forward. The duchess’ rights were violated; the legal boundaries around privacy were crossed. As part of this process, the extremes to which The Mail On Sunday used distortive, manipulative, and dishonest tactics to target the Duchess of Sussex have been put on full display.”
As a reminder, Meghan is suing over five articles, two in the Mail on Sunday and three on MailOnline, which were published in February 2019. They included parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father Thomas Markle, 75, in August 2018, shortly after her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry.