Meghan Markle wins copyright suit against Mail on Sunday

Following a two-year copyright infringement and misuse of private information battle with the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, Meghan Markle has prevailed in her claim the High Court rules.

In February 2019, Meghan Markle filed a claim with Mail on Sunday and MailOnline following the newspapers’ publication of a letter Meghan wrote to her father, without her permission.

Whilst Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle claimed to have given the Mail on Sunday permission to publish parts of the letter, Meghan Markle was in fact the owner of the copyright in the letter as she was the author. In yesterday’s ruling, Justice Mark Warby confirmed that both Meghan Markle’s copyright and privacy had been infringed. Justice Warby added that Meghan had a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ when sending the letter to her farther and that it was ‘fanciful to think otherwise.’

Following the ruling, Meghan Markle said in a statement: “After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and the Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanising practices”.

The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline have confirmed that they are considering an appeal.

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