Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, has shared a statement after a British Court ruled in her favour – again – in a case involving tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday.
The paper was seeking to overturn a High Court decision that it breached Meghan’s privacy by printing parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in 2018. But the Court dismissed the appeal, ruling that the Duchess had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” when it came to the contents of the letter.
“Those contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest,” Sir Geoffrey Vos, who was one of three judges hearing the case, said in a summary of the ruling.
Releasing a statement* shortly after the decision, the Duchess said: “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right. While this win is precedent-setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
“From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong. The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules. The longer they dragged it out, the more they could twist facts and manipulate the public (even during the appeal itself), making a straightforward case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers – a model that rewards chaos above truth,” the statement continues.
“In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation and calculated attacks. Today, the courts ruled in my favour – again – cementing that the Mail on Sunday, owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere, has broken the law. The courts have held the defendant to account, and my hope is that we all begin to do the same. Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it’s not. Tomorrow it could be you. These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily fail that divide us, and we all deserve better.”
*The statement as shared on Twitter by journalist Omid Scobie.
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