The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle on Thursday asked a British court that a tabloid publish the names of the five friends who defended her.
It turned out that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, asked a British court last Thursday not to publish the names of the five friends who spoke for an American magazine under anonymity in her defense.
It was recently learned that the Duchess of Sussex asked a British court that a newspaper publish the names of her five friends, who spoke in her defense.
Apparently Markle intends to prevent exposing her friends to public scrutiny so through an application in which she appears as a witness for her lawsuit against the British tabloid Daily Mail and its parent company for fragments of “a private and confidential letter” that she wrote to her father and it was published by the newspaper last year.
Through her statement, which was presented to the High Court of Great Britain, Prince Harry’s wife claims to have received threats to disclose the identities of her five friends.
The women in question offered an interview to People Magazine ” anonymously” but are named in confidential court documents as part of their lawsuit.
That the Mail on Sunday puts them in the public domain for no other reason than to get clicks and commercial benefits is malicious and represents a threat to their emotional and mental well-being, ”Meghan said in the statement. “The Mail on Sunday is playing a media game with real lives.”
The documents that were drawn up by the defense of the newspaper indicate that the publication of the letter sent to the father of the Duchess, Thomas Markle, was in response to a “partial” article in People magazine in February 2019 that would include an interview with those ” close friends “Said article refers to a said letter in which the meaning dictates that it is in the public domain, said the lawyers.
As for the newspaper, it appears that it would have every intention of publishing the names this weekend, however, the court should decide on the right of Meghan’s friends to confidentiality.
Their evidence is at the heart of the case and we do not see why their identities should be kept secret, ”the newspaper said in a statement. “That is why we indicated to the Duchess’s attorneys last week that the matter of confidentiality must be properly considered by the court.”
For her part, Meghan in her fight to prevent the newspaper from getting away with it, said in her statement last Thursday that her friends voluntarily decided to talk to People and accused the newspaper of trying to create a distraction.
MEGHAN APPEALS FOR PRIVACY AND RESPECT FOR HER FRIENDS
“These five women are not on trial, and neither am I,” the statement said. “The editor of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial. This publisher is the one who acted illegally and seeks to evade responsibility, create a circus, and distract us from the point of this case that the Mail on Sunday illegally published my private letter. Each of these women is a private citizen, a young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy ”.
The Duchess’ civil suit accused the newspaper and its publisher, Associated Newspapers, of copyright violations, misuse of private information, and of violating Britain’s data protection law by publishing the letter.
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As for the arguments of the newspaper, they point out that there is a “huge and legitimate public interest in the royal family and the activities, conduct, and standards of behavior of its members.”
She also specified that this not only extends to her public conduct, but to “his personal and family relationships since they are an integral part of the proper functioning of the monarchy.”