Meghan Markle To Be Paid Just One Pound By Mail On Sunday In Privacy Ruling

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Meghan Markle will be receiving one pound ( approx Rs 100) in damages from the British newspaper The Mail in the privacy case.

This is with regard to the 2018 case of breach of privacy and copyright infringement charges pressed against Associated Newspapers Limited(ANL), publisher of The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.

Meghan Markle Privacy Case:

Mark Stephens, media lawyer told Guardian that- in cases like this “you would expect (a payout of) £75,000 to £125,000”. An unspecified amount of money will also be paid by The Mail to Markle for publishing large parts of her letter. Also, an apology would be issued for printing the news on the front cover on Boxing Day. Markle’s spokesperson told Guardian that, this amount will go towards charity.

“The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online – SEE PAGE 3”, read the  statement along the bottom of the Mail on Sunday. It also added later on Page 3, that the Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her right to privacy by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father.

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About the case-

In August 2018, the newspaper printed the excerpts from the letter between Meghan Markle and her father Thomas Markle, which was described by Markle as “private and personal”. The Duchess then sued the media agency for breach of privacy and copyright infringement in the matter.

Her claim was upheld by the UK High Court judge, Justice Warby in a summary judgment during February 2021. Summary judgement is issued when there is no need of going for the trial to reach a judgement in case the defence had no prospect of any success. Even after ANL(Associated Newspapers Limited), appealed for a trial, the Court of Appeals agreed to the summary judgement and held it liable for the charges pressed by the Duchess.