After a three-year legal struggle, UK newspaper Mail on Sunday ran a statement on its Sunday front page acknowledging that Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle had won her legal case for copyright infringement against the publication.
Earlier in 2018, The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline published five articles that reproduced some parts of the letter the duchess sent to father Thomas Markle. The duchess consequently sued the publication, Associated Newspapers, and won the case.
Associated Newspapers attempted to appeal, but on December 2, three judges dismissed the effort, saying that “the duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter. Those contents were personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest.”
“The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against associated newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online,” the cover line reads, adhering to the layout specifications dictated by the British High Court in the summer.
“Following a hearing on 19-20 January 2021, and a further hearing on 5 May 2021, the Court has given judgment for The Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement,” reads a report within the edition featuring the summary of the judgment.
“The court found that Associated Newspapers 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.”
Through the ruling, Lord Justice Warby also ordered Associated Newspapers to pay a total of approximately $1.88 million in damages and legal costs after publishing some excerpts from a private handwritten letter that the duchess had sent to her father in 2018.
It was reported that Markle planned to make donations to anti-bullying charities with the payment as she regards the double court win as “a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”
“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,” she said.