Meghan could face father in court over publication of letter
A British newspaper which is being sued by Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, will use evidence from her father Thomas Markle, in a court battle over its publication of a private letter from the royal to him, it has said in legal documents.
2020 is already proving to be a dramatic year for the Duchess of Sussex and it could get even more so, as Meghan could face her her father Thomas Markle in court.
Last October, Meghan began legal action against the Mail on Sunday tabloid.
Her lawyers described the publication of a letter to her father as part of a quote, "campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband." In a statement at the time, husband Prince Harry called the coverage of his wife by the British press "bullying.'' The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday (January 15) that Markle was prepared to testify against his daughter.
A spokeswoman for Harry and Meghan was not immediately available for comment.
The legal drama comes after Queen Elizabeth reluctantly agreed on Monday (January 13) to Harry and Meghan's request to step back from their senior royal roles, allowing them to split their time between Canada and Britain and become financially independent.
Meghan is currently in Canada with the couple's baby son Archie.
The Mail on Sunday can rely on a recent biography of the Duke and Duchess ofSussex in its defence of Meghan’s High Court privacy claim over thepublication of a letter to her estranged father. Meghan, 39, is suing thenewspaper’s publisher Associated Newspapers (ANL) for alleged misuse ofprivate information, breaching the Data Protection Act and infringement ofcopyright in relation to the publication of parts of a handwritten letter sentto Thomas Markle, 76, in August 2018.
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The Queen was back to business as she carried out her first public engagementoutside of a royal residence since the coronavirus pandemic gripped thenation. The 94-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson the Duke ofCambridge at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at PortonDown near Salisbury, meeting scientists providing vital support in the UK’sresponse to the Covid-19 outbreak. She ventured from HMS Bubble – the nicknamefor her reduced household of staff – for what was her first externalengagement in seven months. The Queen was on good form as she quipped whilesigning the guest book: “Well it proves we’ve been here, doesn’t it?”
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