Meghan Markle To Receive £1 Million In Damages After Privacy Case
The Duchess of Sussex will receive £1million pounds in damages from Associated Newspapers after the Mail on Sunday was found to have invaded her privacy. The nominal sum too was set out in court documents which formally confirm the newspaper, has accepted defeat. The Mail on Sunday published a handwritten letter the
duchess sent to her father Thomas Markle in 2018. The media company will also pay an unspecified sum for a separate case of infringing her copyright. Associated Newspapers previously indicated it was considering a further appeal to the Supreme Court, but the company has now accepted defeat in the long-running case. Last
February, the High Court had ruled against newspaper group on the issue of privacy and copyright saying the issues in the case were so clear cut that there was no need for a full hearing. Associated Newspapers was refused permission to appeal against the decision but went to the Court of Appeal and in an attempt to get the
original ruling overturned. In the December the Court of Appeal rejected the Associated Newspaper's attempt to have a trial. Judges at the appeal said it was hard to see what evidence at a trial would have also altered the situation. A spokesman for the Associated Newspapers said at the time; It is our strong view that the judgment
should be given only on the basis of evidence tested at trial, and not on a summary basis in a heavily contested case. In her own statement issued after the ruling, the duchess urged people to be brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that profits from the lies and pain that they create. The Associated Newspapers will also pay a
confidential sum for copyright infringement, while the Mail on Sunday also faces having to cover a substantial part of Meghan’s legal costs, which could be more than £1m. The Media lawyer Mark Stephens also told the Guardian the nominal £1million settlement suggested a weakness in the privacy aspect of the duchess’s case.
Normally for that kind of invasion of privacy you would expect £75,000 to £125,000, he said. It does show that the curation of her reputation was an area where she had effectively invaded her own privacy. However, libel lawyer David Hooper told the media that; Accepting the £1million pounds will likely have avoided a tremendous argument about the extent of the damage she suffered.