UK’s Mail On Sunday Loses Appeal Against Duchess Meghan Privacy Claim

A British tabloid has lost an appeal against a ruling that it had breached the privacy of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, when it published parts of a private letter she sent to her father in August 2018.

“While this win is precedent setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create,” Meghan wrote in a statement on Thursday.

Meghan had sued Associated Newspapers, owner of the Mail on Sunday newspaper, in September 2019 for misuse of private information and copyright infringement after reproducing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father Thomas Markle.

In February, U.K. judge Mark Warby ruled in favor of Meghan. The paper sought to overturn the ruling, with its lawyers arguing that Meghan wrote the letter knowing it could go public. The duchess had rejected the suggestion.

The U.K. court ruled on Thursday that the contents of the letter were “personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest,” adding that the articles written about it “interfered with the Duchess’s reasonable expectation of privacy”.

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