LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British newspaper publisher said Wednesday that the Duchess of Sussex crafted a letter to her estranged father so it would “pull at the heartstrings” if leaked to the public.
The publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website is trying to overturn a court decision that it breached Meghan’s privacy by publishing portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her father Thomas MarkleAfter she got married Prince Harry2018 A High Court judge ruled in February that publication of the letter was “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful.”
Associated Newspapers dispute Meghan’s claimIt is clear that the mother did not wish for anyone to see her letter except her father.
Andrew Caldecott, the lawyer for the prince of Wales, told London’s Court of Appeal that Meghan had sent Jason Knauf correspondence. This shows her suspicions about her father leaking the letter.
Caldecott said the letter was “crafted with readership by the public in mind,” and Meghan “was happy for the public to read if it Mr. Markle were to leak it.”
He quoted from a witness statement in which Knauf said the duchess “asked me to review the text of the letter, saying ‘obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked.’”
Knauf said Meghan asked whether she should address her father in the letter as “Daddy,” adding that “in the unfortunate event that it leaked, it would pull at the heartstrings.”
In her own written evidence, Meghan, 40, said she had not believed that her father “would sell or leak the letter, primarily because it would not put him in a good light.”
“To be clear, I did not want any of it to be published, and wanted to ensure that the risk of it being manipulated or misleadingly edited was minimized, were it to be exploited,” she said.
Appeal hearings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, with a decision due on a later date.
Meghan, a former star of the American TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, a grandson of Queen ElizabethIn May 2018, at Windsor Castle II
Early 2020 saw Harry and Meghan announce their intention to leave royal duties in order to move to North America.