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Mail on Sunday to use public interest defence in Meghan legal claim calls Meghan’s father as key witness as legal battle continues

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Mail on Sunday to use public interest defence in Meghan legal claim calls Meghan’s father as key witness as legal battle continues


As part of its defense against the Duchess of Sussex’s legal action, the Mail on Sunday will argue that there is a high level of public interest in the personal relationships of members of the royal family.

After the Duchess of Sussex chose to sue the newspaper and its parent company for publishing a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle in 2018, the publication released their defense.


According to papers obtained by ITV News from the High Court, the publication will allege that Meghan and other royals “rely on publicity about themselves and their lives to maintain the privileged positions they hold.”


The duchess “did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so” according to the ruling.



“The Claimant is a major public figure, whose fitness to perform royal duties on behalf of the Crown and to be the recipient of public money is a proper matter for public scrutiny, and whose conduct, past and present, both in public and private, including her conduct in her relationships with her family and other people, is rightly of enormous public interest,” the document states.


In October, the duchess filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, alleging that it illegally published a letter to her father.


Her allegations include infringement of her private information, selective editing of the letter, and infringement on her copyright.


The Mail on Sunday, on the other hand, said that it will stick by the article and denied altering the letter to modify its meaning.


While the duchess claimed it violated her data rights, the publication claims the information was not sensitive and covered subjects she had made public. It also said that the excerpts it published properly represented the tone, substance, and purpose of the letter.


To make things worse, several media outlets claimed on Tuesday that Thomas Markle will testify against Meghan in the lawsuit. According to Us Weekly, the 75-year-old may be a crucial witness in the lawsuit and has provided attorneys with text messages sent to him by Meghan Markle to back up their allegation.


It comes only 24 hours after the Queen decided that Harry and Meghan may relinquish their positions as senior royals and begin a “new life” as a “independent” family.


The queen announced in a statement on Monday that the pair will be relocating to the nation as a result of their choice to resign. Though final choices on their major relocation have yet to be made, the queen is hopeful that they will reach an agreement in the coming days.


Meghan’s choice to sue the Duke and Duchess of Sussexe In October, Prince Harry unleashed an unprecedented and very personal assault on the British tabloid press and its treatment of his wife, declaring that he could no longer be a “silent witness to her private suffering.”


Buckingham Palace also announced that the Sussexes will begin a “transition period” in which they would divide their time between the United Kingdom and Canada, where the Duchess is presently raising their son Archie.


Meghan has been separated from her father since he was engaged in a paparazzi picture controversy only days before her wedding. In subsequent interviews, he has spoken out about his daughter and attacked the British royal family.


Meanwhile, it was reported on Tuesday that the duchess did not participate in the royal summit via phone with the Queen and senior royals, instead relying on her husband to present their case.

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