Meghan Markle will receive 1 pound in damages in the privacy suit against the Mail. The court documents, accessed by The Guardian also state that the Mail and sister website MailOnline will not be appealing at the Supreme Court. The newspaper will also pay Markle an unspecified sum for publishing parts of a letter she sent to her father.
The publishers had also agreed to pay “financial remedies” to Meghan Markle. They’d printed a statement informing that Markle had won the case of copyright infringement.
A statement, published on Daily Mail Online read, “The Court found that Associated Newspapers (the publisher of the Mail and MailOnline) infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and in Mail Online. Financial remedies have been agreed.”
The Guardian also reported that the Mail will pay a “substantial” part of Markle’s legal fees. The duchess had maintained that the suit against Associated Newspapers was about her principles and not monetary gain. Her spokesperson said that the victory ‘demonstrated the strength of both claims,’ The Guardian report stated.
Meghan Markle had sued Associated Newspapers for more than five articles that posted excerpts from a “personal and private” letter to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018. Associated Newspapers had appealed that the case should go on trial but their appeal was dismissed by the court.
The Court, in December, had ruled that the duchess had a “reasonable expectation” of privacy since the contents of the letter didn’t pertain to ‘matters of legitimate public interest.’
After the victory, Meghan Markle had called for an overhaul in the tabloid industry. She criticised the industry for operating on a model that “rewards chaos over truth” and “profits from the lies and pain that they create.”