Meghan Markle fights to keep friends anonymous in lawsuit

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and the MailOnline website at Britain’s High Court for copyright infringement. The newspaper published five articles that revealed sections of a handwritten letter she had written to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

Meghan’s lawyers have pleaded to the judge, Mark Warby who is presiding over the case, to not reveal the names of her five friends who had spoken anonymously to the People magazine in response to the bullying and hateful comments that Meghan had been exposed to by the UK press in early 2019.

Meghan’s attorney Justin Rushbrook argued that publishing the letter was “a flagrant and unjustified intrusion into her private and family life.” 

In her witness statement, Meghan wrote that the newspaper was attempting to “evade accountability” her friends fear public intrusion and they should have their right to privacy. 

The newspaper’s lawyers argue that the letter was brought into the public domain by Meghan’s friends who had described it in the People article.

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