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Meghan Markle court case: 7 surprising discoveries we learned

Meghan Markle court case: 7 surprising discoveries we learned”

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, sought advice from two senior members of the royal family before writing a letter to her father which is at the centre of a privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, court documents show.

Mr Justice Warby ruled that Meghan's friends will remain anonymous "for the time being at least," in a judgement.

It has alleged that the letter simply recites "pre-existing facts and admonishment" including the Duchess's views of Mr Markle and his conduct, and is therefore not her "own intellectual creation". "We are happy that the Judge has agreed to protect these five individuals". A newly published tell-all biography was set to detail the Sussexes royal life and departure from their duties at the start of the year, mostly portraying the couple's exit from the court as a struggle for independence.

While both Meghan and Harry insist they have never given any interviews for the book - on or off the record - lawyers for the Duchess have admitted in a court submission that she gave a friend permission to talk to the authors.

The insight that does not name the particular members of the Royal Family who she spoke with was provided in Meghan's legal claim for damages for breach of copyright and privacy against Associated Newspapers.

The Duchess of Sussex has sued the newspaper for publishing excerpts from her personal letter to her father Thomas Markle. The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should be kept confidential.

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It said she wrote the letter "in accordance with the advice that she had received".

In an effort to prevent a different narrative from being written, Meg's lawyers said she "indicated to a person whom she knew had already been approached by the authors that the true position as above (which that person and several others who knew [Meghan] already knew) could be communicated to the authors to prevent any further misrepresentation".

The documents revealed that she passed the secrets via a third party to the two royal insiders Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie.

It adds that after seeking advice, Duchess chose to write a letter to her dad in an attempt to get him to stop talking to the press. The royals in question were not named, but speculation is rife as to whether the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William - the most senior members - could have been consulted.

Responding to ANL's claims that Kensington Palace's then communications secretary Jason Knauf "and/or" the Kensington Palace communications team "contributed" to a draft of the letter, Meghan's legal team stated in their reply that the Duchess shared a draft - of the notes she wrote on her iPhone - with Harry and Mr Knauf.

It added: "In the course of a discussion between them, Mr Knauf provided feedback on that draft but no actual wording, as this was a personal letter from daughter to father".



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