Meghan Markle has been accused of leaking the contents of the private letter she wrote to her father even before it was published by the Mail On Sunday.
The Duchess of Sussex is suing the publication over the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright, and breach of the Data Protection Act 2008 after it published excerpts from the letter earlier this year.
However, an anonymous friend of the royal quoted the letter during an interview with People magazine back in February.
The friend said: “She’s like, ‘Dad. I’m so heartbroken. I love you, I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.'”
Markle “could be asked to swear on oath” whether she orchestrated the interview, The Mirror reports.
However, legal expert Michael Sweeney told Insider this would be unlikely to negatively impact Markle’s chances of winning her lawsuit.
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Meghan Markle is being accused of “invading her own privacy” by leaking the contents of the private letter she sent to her father before it was ever published by the Mail on Sunday.
The Duchess of Sussex is suing the newspaper over the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright, and breach of the Data Protection Act 2008 after it published excerpts from the letter earlier this year.
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However, now, as The Mirror journalist Christopher Bucktin reports: “She is facing claims she invaded her own privacy after her US friends provided details of the letter’s contents to an American celeb magazine.
“Pals of the royal spoke to a journalist from People after Meghan had reportedly sanctioned the move. She could now be forced to swear on oath whether she did.”
The royal’s friends gave an anonymous interview to the magazine back in February, where one of them was quoted saying: “After the wedding, she wrote him a letter.
“She’s like, ‘Dad. I’m so heartbroken. I love you, I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.'”
The duchess’ father, Thomas Markle, said he wouldn’t have released the letter “had it not been for the People magazine piece which meant I had to release portions to defend myself.”
Dr. Paul Wragg, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds School of Law, told InStyle that Markle’s reported involvement in the People interview could make the case more complicated.
“I mean, this doesn’t seal it in favor of the press, but it might weaken her claim if she has, in fact, disclosed this information to other people, disclose the letter to other people, by putting it out there into the public domain,” he said.
However, legal expert Amber Melville-Brown told Insider that even if Markle admits to allowing the contents of the letter to be discussed publicly, she can argue that “any earlier limited disclosure was necessary in the public interest to prevent the public from being misled.”
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