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Meghan Markel wins the privacy war against Mail

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In her case against the Mail claiming a breach of privacy, the Duchess has emerged victorious, as the High court ruled that Mail had infringed her privacy when it published excerpts of a letter to her father. 

Meghan Markel, the Duchess of Sussex has won the case against Mail. In her case against the Mail claiming a breach of privacy, the Duchess has emerged victorious as the High court ruled that Mail had infringed her privacy when it published excerpts of a letter to her father. 

The legal experts, however, criticize saying it was a “good day” for the moneyed and in power, with high-cost PR managers. The Duchess also won her claim for the infringement of copyright. Also, there are chances of the trial being conducted later in order to identify if the letter was solely authored by the Duchess.

The Mail was taken by surprise by the High Court ruling. Expressing his views about the ruling, Mark Stephens from a media law firm Howard Kennedy said that such a ruling in a privacy case has been made for the first-ever time in two decades. And that, he said, has pushed the law into ‘sufficient uncertainty.’ He also stated that it is very common for letters to be leaked by people. The ultimate concern is if one can report them.

The doctrine that was put forth by the Judge is that regardless of the nature of her ‘motivation‘ the letter was personal to her and it was at her discretion as to who she would give the information to, or not.

“It’s a good day for the rich and powerful who can afford expensive PR people to curate a false image which you then as a member of the media are unable to debunk. It effectively manacles the media from reporting on letters in the future,” said Stephens.

The judge called Meghan’s expectation ‘reasonable‘. The ruling said that “Meghan had a reasonable expectation of privacy.” However, a trial must be conducted to decide the letter’s copyright ownership.

While expressing their disappointment on the ruling, Mail said: “We are very surprised by today’s summary judgment and disappointed at being denied the chance to have all the evidence heard and tested in open court at a full trial.” They also said that they will decide if they’d lodge an appeal.

The case is said to have caused the Duchess an expenditure of a minimum of £1.8million. Meghan said she was grateful to her husband,  mother, and her team of legal experts. 

“I share this victory with each of you — because we all deserve justice and truth, and we all deserve better,” she added.

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