UK – Meghan Markle tries to win against Daily Mail without trial

Megan Markle hopes to win her case against the Daily Mail without a trial. Hearings will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

Critics criticized the couple for taking advantage of their membership in the royal family without wanting to meet their obligations.

AFP

Lawyers for Meghan Markle, who is suing the publisher of the Daily Mail tabloid for invasion of privacy, pleaded on Tuesday for her to win her case without going to trial.

The 39-year-old American actress and wife of Prince Harry blames to Associated Newspapers – which publishes Mail Online, the Daily Mail and his Sunday version Mail on Sunday – of invading his privacy by publishing excerpts from a handwritten letter to his father Thomas Markle in August 2018.

“This is a very straightforward case concerning the illegal publication of a private letter,” his lawyer Justin Rushbrooke told the High Court in London. This publication constitutes a “flagrant and serious violation of his right to privacy, and the defense has no viable arguments”, he added, urging that a judgment be rendered without going through a trial .

Trial postponed

This long-awaited trial promises to be rich in details on the life of the princely couple formed by the grandson of Elizabeth II with the former actress, who had not hidden feeling badly accepted by the royal family. It could shed new light on their withdrawal from royal duties to move to California.

Originally scheduled for this month, it was postponed at the request of the Duchess of Sussex to fall 2021. In addition to a “confidential reason” given by representatives of Meghan Markle, Judge Mark Warby, in charge of the case, had indicated that the postponement was justified by a legal process.

It is this request for “summary judgment” – which, in Anglo-Saxon law, allows the case to be resolved without trial – that the High Court began to examine on Tuesday.

The hearings, scheduled to last two days, are being held virtually due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which forced England to reconfigure itself for the third time in early January.

War on the media

Inflicting a setback on Meghan Markle, justice had authorized in September the Mail on Sunday to support its defense on “Finding Freedom” (Towards freedom), a recent biography of Meghan and Prince Harry, returning to his estrangement from the British monarchy .

Attorneys for Associated Newspapers had claimed that Meghan had “cooperated with the authors” of this book which refers to the letter for the distribution of which they are being sued, which she denies.

Prince Harry, 36, sixth in order of succession to the British crown, has repeatedly denounced media pressure on his couple and made it the main reason for his announced retirement from the royal family in January 2020 and effective since early April. Installed since in California, the couple is at open war against the press.

Defamation

Harry, whose mother Diana died pursued by paparazzi in Paris in 1997, has taken separate legal action against another British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, for alleged phone hacks.

According to British media, he is also suing Associated Newspapers for an article published in October by the Mail on Sunday, claiming he had no contact with the Royal Marines since his removal from the monarchy, which had forced him to renounce his honorary military titles.

Since moving to California, Meghan Markle and her husband have signed several contracts with content platforms, including streaming giant Netflix and audio platform Spotify.

Critiques

Continuing to move the lines, the Duchess took up the pen in the New York Times in November to announce that she had a miscarriage last July.

Critics criticized the couple for seeking to capitalize on their royal family membership and fame while refusing to take on the formal and representational aspects of the function.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have put forward their willingness to work for humanitarian causes, in particular through a new foundation, Archewell, name inspired by that of their son Archie, born in May 2019.

AFP

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