Meghan Markle’s High Court case continues today

The latest judgment is due in the Duchess of Sussex‘s High Court case on Tuesday afternoon.

Meghan, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers (ANL), publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, over articles from February 2019, which featured parts of a “private and confidential” letter from the Duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle in August 2018.

At a preliminary hearing last week, ANL sought permission to amend its written defence to Meghan’s claim to argue she “co-operated with the authors of the recently published book Finding Freedom to put out their version of certain events”.

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Judge Francesca Kaye, who presided over the hearing, will give her decision on the matter in an oral ruling at the High Court in London from 2pm on Tuesday.

Lawyers for the Duchess denied she “collaborated” with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand for their royal biography Finding Freedom, and argued that references in the book, published in August, were simply “extracts from the letter lifted from the defendant’s own articles”.

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In written submissions, Justin Rushbrooke QC said: “The claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the book.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now living in the US with their 16-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, after stepping back from royal duties in March 2020. 

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