The lawsuit between Meghan Markle The Mail on Sunday has finally been settled, but the Duchess of Sussex isn’t exactly taking the newspaper to the cleaners. The Mail on Sunday will pay Markle just £1 in damages for invading her privacy.
Meghan’s Legal Battle
Markle and Associated Newspapers are the publishers of The Mail on SundayMailOnline and MailOnline have been battling it out in courts for three decades now, after MailOnline published a private note from the duchess to her father.
Mark Stephens, a media attorney, speculated that the small settlement suggests a weakness in Meghan’s case, saying, “Normally for that kind of invasion of privacy you would expect £75,000 to £125,000. It does show that the curation of her reputation was an area where she had effectively invaded her own privacy.”
However, Markle has said that this case wasn’t about a financial settlement; it was about principles. For copyright infringement, the publisher will pay the duchess an undisclosed sum. The Mail on Sunday will also have to cover a large part of Markle’s legal fees, which could be up to £1 million.
Markle’s spokesperson said the court victories showed the strength of her case and clarified that any money she received from Associated Newspapers and The Mail on SundayDonations to charities would be accepted.
The Settlement Details
The Settlement includes all of the following: settlement doesn’t just contain financial components. The MailOutlets were instructed not to disclose the names and identities of Markle’s five anonymous friends. PeopleFor a piece on the royal, see The Magazine in 2018 The Mail on Sunday MailOnlineAlso, they were ordered to have front page headlines and homepage headlines. This was in order to state that they had lost their legal case. The courts also specified the font for headlines.
Associated Newspapers had argued for the case to be tried, but judges ruled against them. In December, a ruling stated that Markle had committed suicide. “reasonable expectation”Privacy regarding the contents of her private letter to Thomas Markle. “Those contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest,”Sir Geoffrey Vos, the appeal judge, said this.
Now that this case is settled, attention is turning to Markle’s husband’s case against the press. Prince Harry is suing Rupert Murdoch’s News UK Daily MirrorPublisher Reach is investigating claims of phone hacking. Harry’s case is expected to be heard later this year.