The case of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry against a British newspaper may have just failed enormously – and it could have major legal consequences. A recent report claims that the Duchess of Sussex may have revealed the content of her deeply personal letter to her father well before the Mail actually published it on Sunday. If that is true, this revelation can affect the trial of Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry against the Mail on Sunday.
What did Meghan Markle’s letter to her father say?
It all started in February 2019, when the British tabloid, the Mail on Sunday, published a letter allegedly written by Markle to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. This was around the time of Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry.
The letter was a plea by Markle to her father to stop “lying and causing so much pain,” and to stop talking about their relationship to the gossip magazines. In the letter, the duchess implies that her father ignored her direct communication with him and instead spoke to the tabloids, which she says broke her heart. At the end of the long letter, the Duchess of Sussex begs her father to let her and Prince Harry live “in peace.”
Thomas Markle claimed that he had released the letter to combat reports that he and his daughter were alienated, and did it only because of some negative news stories in circulation. No matter how or why the letter was leaked, it definitely did not bring him and his daughter any closer.
Because Meghan Markle was almost seven months pregnant when the letter leaked, many reports claimed that the duchess was so stressed that she decided to completely stop communicating with her father.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are suing the paper that published the letter
The play around the release of the letter eventually diminished and for a while it faded into the background. At the beginning of October 2019, however, the news broke that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had decided to take legal action against the Mail on Sunday in response to their publication of the letter this spring.
In Prince Harry’s statement, he claimed that the incident was just one case of “long and disturbing behavior” by the British media, but that he and Markle no longer feel they can sit still while Markle’s reputation is compromised . Although many royal fans have spoken out in support of Markle and Prince Harry’s daring move, their lawsuit may have unintended consequences.
The Mail on Sunday responded immediately to the lawsuit and stated that they fully stick to the story they have published and that they will “defend this case vigorously”
Could Meghan Markle testify about leaking the letter?
Just a few days after the trial was first announced to the public and the press, a brand new story was released that could cause major problems for Markle and Prince Harry’s trial. Sources claimed that Markle actually violated her own privacy by telling some of her friends about the contents of the letter, after which they turned to People magazine in her defense.
Immediately after Markle’s friends gave their People interview this spring, Thomas Markle reportedly released excerpts from the letter his daughter had written to him to defend his own reputation. Although legal experts argue that this new revelation does not necessarily mean that Markle loses her lawsuit, it does weaken her case and may mean that she is asked to swear under oath whether or not she orchestrated the interview with her friends for her own strengthen credibility.