On 1 May 2020 Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment concerning a pre-trial application by Associated Newspapers in its ongoing defence of claims of misuse of private information, copyright infringement, and breach of data protection rights by Meghan Markle, HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
Citation: BBC: The preliminary hearing of Meghan Markle’s privacy case against the Associated Newspapers
Meghan Markle’s claim against Associated Newspapers regarding the publication of a letter she wrote to her father has had its preliminary hearing on 24 April 2020, as reported by the BBC. Continue reading
Citation: INFORRM: Markle v Associated Newspapers, an interesting preemptive analysis
INFORRM has an excellent two part post on Meghan Markle’s action for misuse of private information against the Associated Newspapers. Continue reading
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to sue the Associated Newspapers
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is suing Associated Newspapers (parent company of the Mail on Sunday) for misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
The official statement on the matter can be found on the Duke and Duchess’ website. The action comes after the Mail on Sunday ran an article in February 2019 publishing a personal letter from the Duchess to her father.
The Duchess has turned to specialist reputation management law firm Schillings, which issued the following statement:
“We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband. Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda”.
The case is being privately funded with any proceeds being donated to an anti-bullying charity.