The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has started legal action against the Mail on Sunday after it published her private letter.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, said he and Meghan were forced sue Mail on Sunday after it published her letter as part of a “relentless propaganda”. Harry said: I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
The royal couple hired law firm Schillings to file the case accusing the paper of creating a campaign of false, derogatory stories. The case was filed by the firm with the High Court claiming that the paper and its parent company allegedly misused private information, infringed copyright and breached the Data Protection Act 2018.
On the couple’s official website, Prince Harry described the “painful” impact of intrusive media coverage and said his “deepest fear is history repeating itself,” referring to her late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
He wrote “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.”
The legal action is privately funded by the couple and they committed to donating all proceeds to an anti-bullying charity.
Despite the legal proceedings, Prince Harry assured that he and Meghan believed in “media freedom and objective, truthful reporting” as a “cornerstone of democracy” but argued that his wife had become “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son”.
In the past, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had also taken legal action against a media company. In 2017, Prince William and Catherine sued French magazine Closer after it printed printed topless pictures of the duchess in 2012. They were awarded 100,000 euros in damages.