LONDON (AP) – Lawyers for a UK newspaper publisher charged with invasion of privacy by the Duchess of Sussex allege on Monday that she disclosed personal information by collaborating with the authors of a book about her relationship with Prince Harry .
The former Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website for five articles that published parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after marrying Harry in 2018.
Meghan, 39, claims damages from publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd. for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection violations.
Associated Newspapers disputes the claim. During Monday’s hearing in the High Court in London, the publisher tried to change his defense in light of a book on the couple published last month.
It stated that the book – “Finding Freedom” – “contains a lot of detailed information about (Meghan’s) personal life, including some passages referring to her relationship and communication with her father, and a section referring to the letter written on it. heart of this matter. “
Antony White, Associated Newspapers’ attorney, said in writing that the book appeared to have been written with Meghan and Harry’s “extended collaboration.”
Meghan’s lawyers denied working with the book’s authors, Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie
“The plaintiff and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor provided photographs to the authors of the book,” Meghan’s attorney Justin Sherbrooke said in a written submission.
Monday’s court hearing was the last preliminary hearing in the expensive, high-profile case. A full trial is currently scheduled to begin in January.
After an earlier hearing in May, a judge dismissed parts of Meghan’s claim, including allegations that Associated Newspapers acted “unfairly” by omitting parts of her letter to her father.
The judge also dropped allegations that the publisher was deliberately stirring up issues between Meghan and her father and that it had an agenda to publish intrusive articles about her.
Last month, a judge ruled that the Duchess can keep the names of five close friends who defended her anonymously in an American magazine against alleged bullying in the British media.
Supreme Court Judge Mark Warby agreed, “for now at least”, to grant Meghan’s request to protect the anonymity of friends defending her on the pages of an American magazine to spare them a “frenzy of publicity.” for the cause. comes to a complete process.
American actress Meghan Markle, star of the legal TV drama “Suits”, married Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son, Archie, was born the following year.
At the beginning of this year, the couple announced that they would be giving up their royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said was intolerable intrusion and racist views from the British media. They recently bought a home in Santa Barbara, California.