Meghan Markle takes swipe at newspaper after privacy appeal win

Meghan Markle issues a statement referring to the Daily Mail newspaper by one of its nickname 'the Dail Fail' after winning her tabloid privacy case.

The Duchess of Sussex had sued Associated Newspapers Limited – the publisher of The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline – over articles featuring parts of a handwritten letter sent to 76-year-old Thomas Markle in August 2018.

In the letter she asked him to stop talking to tabloids and making false claims about her in interviews.

The Mail on Sunday's publisher, Associated Newspapers, argued that Meghan wrote the correspondence to her father knowing it was likely to be leaked.

However, judge had ruled that extracts of the 2018 letter from the Duchess of Sussex published by the group the following year were "manifestly excessive and… unlawful."

The publishers were ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in interim legal costs and to print a front-page statement acknowledging her legal victory.

Now, following her appeal win, Meghan issued a statement of her own, referencing a nickname some use for the newspaper.

It read: "This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what's right.

"From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong.

"The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules.

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"The longer they dragged it out, the more they could twist facts and manipulate the public [even during the appeal itself], making a straightforward case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers – a model that rewards chaos above truth.

"In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation and calculated attacks.

"The courts have held the defendant to account and my hope is that we all begin to do the same.

"Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it's not. Tomorrow it could be you.

"These harmful practices don't happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily fail that divides us and we all deserve better."

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Giving a summary of the Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss, Sir Geoffrey Vos said: "The Court of Appeal upheld the judge's decision that the duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter.

"Those contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest.

"The articles in the Mail on Sunday interfered with the duchess' reasonable expectation of privacy and were not a justified or proportionate means of correcting inaccuracies about the letter."

Associated Newspapers Limited responded to the statement saying: "We are very disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal. It is our strong view that judgment should be given only on the basis of evidence tested at trial, and not on a summary basis in a heavily contested case, before even disclosure of documents.

"No evidence has been tested in cross-examination, as it should be, especially when Mr Knauf's evidence raises issues as to the Duchess's credibility.

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“After People magazine published an attack on Mr Markle, based on false briefings from the Duchess's friends wrongly describing the letter as a loving letter, it was important to show that the letter was no such thing.

"Both the letter and People magazine also seriously misrepresented the reasons for Mr Markle's non-attendance at the royal wedding.

"The articles corrected these matters, and raised other issues of public interest including the reasons for the breakdown in the relationship between the Duchess and her father.

“We are considering an appeal to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom.”

The statement referred to evidence given by Meghan and Harry's former communications chief Jason Knauf, who revealed to the court that the duchess had allowed him to speak to the authors of biography Finding Freedom.

This contradicted her previous denials of involvement and prompting the duchess’ public apology if she had misled the court.

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