LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper publisher on Tuesday began its court appeal against a judge’s ruling that it invaded the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, arguing that she knew the letter would potentially be published.
Publisher Associated Newspapers fights back Meghan Markle40-year old Yvonne, sued for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, and copyright infringement in relation to five Feb 2019 articles in Mail on Sunday, and on MailOnline, which reproduce large parts of her letter that she sent to her father. Thomas Markle. The letter was written after the American’s 2018 marriage to Prince Harry.
A High Court judge sided with Markle in February, ruling that the paper’s publication of the letter was “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful.”
On Tuesday, lawyer Andrew Caldecott countered that the letter was not written as an “intimate communication for her father’s eyes only.”
“The letter was crafted specifically with the potential of public consumption in mind because the claimant appreciated Mr. Markle might disclose it to the media,” the lawyer told the Court of Appeal.
The publisher was ordered in March to print a front-page statement stating it had infringed the duchess’s copyright, but the statement has not been published pending the outcome of the appeal.
The appeal is supervised by three senior judges. It should last for at least three days. The decision is expected to be made at a later time.
Meghan, a former star of the American TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth2. Windsor Castle, May 2018,