London, United Kingdom:
Meghan Markle’s attorneys denied Monday that she and her husband Prince Harry worked with the authors of a recent book about their lives together.
The rejection came when Associated Newspapers attempted to alter her defense against claims violating her privacy and copyright by publishing excerpts from a letter she wrote to her father.
Former actress Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry in 2018. The couple left frontline royal duties and moved to the United States earlier this year.
At a hearing on the case in London’s High Court, Associated, who publishes the Mail Sunday weekly and the Mail Online website, requested a change in its defense.
She argued that she “worked with the authors of the recently published book Finding Freedom to publish her version of certain events”.
Antony White, who represented Associated, said the book “looked like it was written with their (Meghan and Harry’s) extensive collaboration”.
The newsgroup wanted to claim that it “arranged for or allowed information to be shared, directly or indirectly, with and to collaborate with the authors … including by giving or allowing them information about the letter”.
It was justified to publish excerpts from the letter in 2019 because five of Markle’s friends spoke about it in an interview with the US magazine People.
However, her legal team said extracts from the letter in question that were included in the book had been “lifted” from the controversial articles.
“The applicant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photos to the authors for the book,” Attorney Justin Rushbrooke told the court.
The case is best known in Harry and Meghan’s increasingly bitter war with the media, particularly the British tabloids.
The court was informed that the total cost of legal fees, up to and including the legal process due to begin in January, was estimated at approximately 3 million CHECK (US $ 3.8 million, EUR 3.3 million).
Harry and Meghan’s resignation in March came after reports that she was deeply unhappy with life in the royal family and complaints about media intrusion.
The couple, who live in California with their young son Archie, recently signed an exclusive deal with streaming giant Netflix for an undisclosed fee.
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