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Judge says the new royal book could be used in Meghan’s privacy case

ByReiss Bowler

Sep 29, 2020

LONDON (AP) – The publisher of the British newspaper Mail on Sunday may use the contents of a recent behind-the-scenes book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a legal defense for a breach of the privacy lawsuit brought by the Duchess, one judge. Tuesday.

Judge Francesca Kaye gave Associated Newspapers Ltd. permission to amend its defense to add “further details” regarding the book published last month, “Finding Freedom”.

The former Meghan Markle, 39, is suing the publisher for five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website that published parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after marrying Harry in 2018.

Associated Newspapers disputes the claim. Her lawyers allege that Meghan disclosed personal information by working with the authors of the book “to present her own version of events in a way that she considers beneficial.”

Antony White, an attorney for Associated Newspapers, said in written lawsuits that the book appeared to have been written with Meghan and Harry’s “expanded collaboration.”

Meghan’s lawyers deny she collaborated with the book’s authors, Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie.

American actress Meghan Markle, star of the TV legal drama “Suits”, married Harry, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandsons, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son, Archie, was born the following year. born.

At the beginning of this year, the couple announced that they would be giving up their royal duties and moving to North America, citing the unbearable invaders and racist attitudes of the British media. They recently bought a home in Santa Barbara, California.

A full hearing in her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers will begin in January.

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