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  • Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has won her two year legal battle with the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her wedding to Prince Harry today, the high court ruled that the duchess had had a reasonable expectation that the letter would remain private.

  • In a statement, she thanked the court for holding the newspaper to account and said the damage the paper had done and continued to do runs deep.

  • Associated Newspapers, the publishers of the Daily Mail Mail on Sunday and Mail Online said they were surprised and disappointed by the judgment.

  • This report from our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchel, contains flash photography.

  • This is a significant victory for the Duchess of Sussex.

  • Meghan, strongly supported by her husband, Prince Harry, has shown herself to be absolutely determined robustly to defend her right to privacy.

  • This case began after The Mail on Sunday published lengthy extracts from a letter she had written in late 2018 to her estranged father, Thomas.

  • Megan's lawyers had told the high court that the letter was a heartfelt plea from an anguished daughter.

  • They'd applied for something called a summary judgment.

  • That's a judgment without a full trial on the basis.

  • They said that the Mail on Sunday had no real prospect of success on the judge, agreed Mr Justice, War be examined.

  • The evidence and found taken us a whole.

  • The disclosures published by the newspaper were manifestly excessive and hence unlawful.

  • There is no prospect that a different judgment would be reached after a trial, he said.

  • Meghan has also won on the separate issue of copyright infringement, but privacy is the one that really counts.

  • In a statement, she spoke about what she said with the tactics of the male groups newspapers for these outlets.

  • It's a game, she said.

  • For me and so many others, it's really life, riel relationships and very real sadness.

  • The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep the mail on Sundays.

  • Publishers said they were very surprised by the judgment.

  • They said they would decide in due course whether to lodge an appeal and first reaction from media lawyers.

  • This is a significant victory because of who she is.

  • The Mail had published a serious of articles around Meghan and her life in her private life.

  • Andi I think this was the tipping point for her.

  • I suspect that it should have quite a sobering impact on sections of the media who think that celebrities and members of the royal family off their game for the queen and the other senior Royals, there will be great relief.

  • The prospect of a full trial on the privacy issue in which Meghan Markle and her father, Thomas Markle, would have bean pitted against each other, as the star witnesses has Bean averted on.

  • Nick joins me now, and it really is quite a victory for the judge for the duchess, a judgment that many thought could go either way.

  • This is absolutely game set and match.

  • A significant and considerable victory for the Sussex is.

  • And yes, this was a big gamble to take on a big newspaper group, and it is absolutely paid off.

  • I'm sure the rest of the family of please for them it's a sharp warning to the media, but I think they're overwhelming.

  • Feeling will be one of relief.

  • I mean, can you imagine how this could have played out if it had gone to a full trial?

  • Meghan Markle being cross examined in the witness box Thomas Markle across the court, appearing for the Mail on Sunday.

  • All the strains within that family playing out in public the mail on Sunday Associated newspapers say they are disappointed that they've been denied the chance to test the evidence in court.

  • They say they may appeal, but this is a very careful, A very detailed 50 page judgment by Mr Justice will be, and he is very specific on the question of the privacy off the letter, he says.

  • As I mentioned in the report, there is no prospect, no prospect, that a different judgment will be reached after a trial.

  • Now there is one technical issue over copyright still to be decided.

  • There is another matter still to be decided.

  • That's the question off damages.

  • This is a pretty salute.

  • Tree day, I would suggest for sections of the British media.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has won her two year legal battle with the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her wedding to Prince Harry today, the high court ruled that the duchess had had a reasonable expectation that the letter would remain private.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/12
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