Publisher’s lawyer says Meghan Markle knew the letter to the father might be leaking

LONDON (AFP) – The Duchess of Sussex has penned a letter to her estranged father so it would be “heartbreaking” if leaked to the public, lawyers for a British newspaper publisher said Wednesday.

The publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline are trying to overturn a court ruling that he violated Meghan’s privacy by publishing parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her father. Thomas Markle after her marriage Prince Harry In 2018. A Supreme Court judge ruled in February that the publication of the letter was “manifestly excessive and therefore illegal”.

Associated newspaper disputes Megan’s claim She did not intend for anyone but her father to see her.

Her lawyer, Andrew Caldecott, told judges at the London Court of Appeal that correspondence between Meghan and then communications minister Jason Knauf showed the duchess suspected her father might leak the letter to reporters.

Caldecott said the letter was “made with the audience in mind”, and Meghan was “happy for the audience to read it if Mr. Markle were to leak it”.

He quoted a witness statement in which he said the Duchess “asked me to review the text of the letter, saying, ‘Obviously everything I’ve drafted is on the grounds that it could be leaked'”.

Knauf said Meghan asked if she should address her father in the letter as “Dad,” adding that “in the unfortunate event of a leak, it would be heart-warming.”

In her written testimony, Meghan, 40, said she did not believe her father would “sell or leak the letter, primarily because it wouldn’t put him in a good place”.

“To be clear, I didn’t want any of it published, and wanted to make sure the risk of it being misleadingly manipulated or edited, if exploited, was minimized,” she said.

The appeal hearing is scheduled to continue until Thursday, with a ruling to be issued at a later time.

Meghan, the former star of the US TV legal drama Suits, married Harry’s grandson Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

Meghan and Harry announced in early 2020 that they were stepping down from their royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they described as the intolerable racist intrusions and attitudes of the British media.


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