Meghan Markel, Duchess of Sussex won a case against Mail on Sunday who published pieces of her letter to her father not meant for the public eye.
The Duchess’s life is of public interest, however not everything about her life is meant to go public.
In August 2018, Meghan wrote a letter over 1000 words to her father, and the Newspaper published over 500 words of the letter for the world to see.
The appeal court ruled that there were no fundamental reasons for the publishers of the book about her and Prince Harry to use such a private letter.
Meghan said winning this case was a win for many “not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”
Adding that “While this win is precedent-setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
Questions were raised about how such a private letter got into the hands of the writers.
Her former communications secretary, Jason Knauf said he had received a draft of the letter to check if there was anything that could be liable if the letter was leaked.
Knauf said the draft came with a note saying, “Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice, but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability.”
A statement Meghan denied in writing saying she “merely recognised that this was a possibility.”
On Wednesday, Meghan’s witness statement of her apologizing to the court for forgetting about emails she shared with Knauf was made public.
“I accept that Mr. Knauf did provide some information to the authors for the book and that he did so with my knowledge, for a meeting that he planned for with the authors in his capacity as communications secretary. The extent of the information he shared is unknown to me.
“When I approved the passage… I did not have the benefit of seeing these emails and I apologize to the court for the fact that I had not remembered these exchanges at the time. I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the court,” Meghan said.