Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert issues warning on lawsuits
There will be a further hearing in March to decide “the next steps” in the legal action as Meghan’s copyright claim goes to trial. The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the win represented a “considerable victory” for the former working royal.
He said: “Copyright will go to trial.
“But the central issue was privacy issue and this is a very considerable victory for her in the teeth of considerable anxiety within the royal household that this could really cause all sorts of trouble.
“Considering the Mail on Sunday had produced a witness statement from her father in which Thomas Markle said: ‘I believe and still believe that Meghan wanted her account of the letter to be published’.
“So Thomas Markle was prepared to come and give evidence on behalf of the Mail on Sunday. There was the prospect of Meghan and her father meeting at the High Court. That now won’t happen.”
The judge will deliver his ruling at 4pm on Thursday
The Sussex are living in America after quitting royal duties last March
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Meghan sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publisher of The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, over a series of articles which reproduced parts of the letter.
Prince Harry’s wife sent the handwritten letter to her her 76-year-old father in August 2018, three months after he missed her wedding due to health problems.
Meghan is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act over five articles published in February 2019.
All the artilces included extracts from the “private and confidential” letter to her father.
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Prince William has spoken out about the hurdles he and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, faced before eventually marrying almost ten years ago.
The Duke of Cambridge confessed that, despite becoming instantly engrossed with each other, the pair spent time apart at the start of their relationship. But the couple eventually overcame the difficulties and managed to strengthen their connection.
The Duke said: “We were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed from then on.
“We just spent more time with each other had a good giggle, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests and just had a really good time.”
During their official engagement engagement interview in 2010, Kate admitted she was “not happy” about spending time away from William but the experience “made me a stronger person”.
She added: “I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.”
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, showed off the ornate decorations at Clarence House during her latest video appearance.
The Duchess appeared in her role as royal patron for the charity Safe Lives while speaking to Suzanne Jacob, chief executive, and Rachel Williams, Safe Lives pioneer. Camilla spoke to Ms Jacob and Ms Williams from the Morning Room at Clarence House, where she and Prince Charles are staying during the UK’s third coronavirus lockdown.
Of note in the Morning Room glimpse is a grand wooden desk, complete with a glass-top finish and featuring three bold blue ornamental elephants, along with a silver tub filled with red pens, a silver tray and a decorative jug of pretty pink tulips.
Prince William reflects on difficult break from Kate Middleton – ‘Worked out for the better’
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has promised to help domestic abuse victims as she praised the “brilliance” of a campaign to provide support to those suffering at the hands of abusive partners.
The Duchess hailed SafeLives, which she is a patron of, over its work helping victims of domestic abuse. She did so during a conversation with the charity’s chief executive Suzanne Jacob, who updated the royal on their latest programme’s new developments.
Princess Diana was criticised by her husband-to-be Prince Charles ahead of her first royal appearance in 1981, an author has claimed.
The future Princess of Wales was due to arrive at a fundraising concert at Goldsmiths Hall, London. The couple, who wed later that year, are said to have bickered over Diana’s black choice of dress.
Diana recalled the row with Charles in a recorded interview, according to author Andrew Morton who included it in his book, Diana: Her True Story in 1992.
She said in 1991: “I remember walking into my husband-to-be’s study, and him saying: ‘You’re not going in that dress, are you?’ I replied: ‘Yes, I am’.
“And he said: ‘It’s black! But only people in mourning wear black!'”
Princess Beatrice’s wedding featured the royal wearing Queen Elizabeth II’s own diamond tiara on her special day.
Beatrice borrowed the monarch’s Queen Mary Fringe Tiara she wore during her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 for her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last year. The York royal is only the second family member to wear the Queen’s heirloom, with Princess Anne being the first.
The Queen Mary fringe was originally commissioned by Queen Mary, using diamonds gifted to her by Queen Victoria, in 1919.
Princess Beatrice’s historic royal wedding tiara caused Queen Elizabeth II ‘great stress’
Meghan Markle is unlikely to return to the UK with Prince Harry for Trooping the Colour as it will take attention away from the Queen.
Prince Harry, 36, is due to return to the UK at the beginning of July to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, with Prince William. But royal commentators believe Meghan Markle and Archie will not be joining Harry who now lives in LA.
Meghan Markle’s High Court victory is “sending a clear message” about the approach she and Harry wish to take now that they are freed from royal protocol, a royal correspondent has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex won her High Court privacy claim against Associated Newspapers and the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a personal and private handwritten letter to her estranged father.
Ms Mills told viewers: “Certainly I think the Sussexes will be breathing a sigh of relief.
“They wanted to avoid a huge show trial where you would have father and daughter giving evidence against each other.
“That is something that they have managed to avoid.
“Also they are sending a clear message to the tabloids.”
Meghan court win ‘sends a message’ to the world about her plans outside they Royal Family
Princess Eugenie could credit Prince Charles when choosing a name for her baby boy.
Betfair have released the latest odds for what she will choose, with Henry coming in at joint 4th with a 7/1 chance.
Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David, but he has been known as Harry since he was born.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave poignant marriage advice to one of their guests on their new podcast.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited activist and and presenter George the Poet onto the first episode of their Archewell Audio podcast.
George said he was planning on proposing to his longtime girlfriend Sandra Makumbi.
He later posted on social media that she had said yes.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have offered relationship advice to a guest on their podcast
Meghan Markle has won a High Court ruling against Associated Newspapers Ltd, relating to extracts from a letter to her father published by the Mail on Sunday.
The summary judgement states: “In this action the claimant alleges that this involved misuse of her private information, breach of her data protection rights, and infringement of her copyright in the Letter and of a draft of the Letter she created on her phone (the ‘Electronic Draft’).”
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Sadiq Khan’s statue task force includes Toyin Agbetu who caused controversy after a furious tirade directed at the Queen.
Mr Khan has been criticised for focussing on creating a task force dedicated to evaluating statues and road names across the capital.
The task force includes campaigner Toyin Agebetu who confronted the Queen during a ceremony in 2007 at Westminster Abbey.
The ceremony was to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolishment of the slave trade.
Meghan pictured with her father, Thomas Markle
5.16pm update: Mail on Sunday and MailOnline considering appeal
A statement from the Mail of Sunday, said: “We are very surprised by today’s summary judgment and disappointed at being denied the chance to have all the evidence heard and tested in open court at a full trial.
“We are carefully considering the judgment’s contents and will decide in due course whether to lodge an appeal.”
4.50pm updae: ‘The damage runs deep’: Meghan reacts to win in court
Meghan has said the pain caused by the Mail on Sunday newspaper and its publisher ran deep, saying the courts had held them to account for their “illegal and dehumanizing practices”.
After a judge ruled the newspaper had breached her privacy, the royal said: “After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanizing practices.
“These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence.
“The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”
Meghan has won the bulk of her legal battle against a tabloid newspaper after a judge ruled printing extracts of a private letter she wrote to her father was “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful”.
She sued Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), the publisher of The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, over news articles which printed parts of a handwritten letter she sent her father in August 2018.
She is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act over five articles, which were published in February 2019 and contained extracts of the letter.
The full trial was due to be heard at the High Court this month, but the case was adjourned until autumn 2021 due to a “confidential” reason.
Thomas Markle has not seen his daughter Meghan in many years
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorced in 1992 but have remained on good terms. Express.co.uk has rounded up five photos that show the Princess Royal’s lasting friendship with her ex-husband.
Click on the link above to view the photos of the pair.
2.15pm update: Royals attacked as ‘high profile cheerleaders’
Charities have been warned against appointing royal patrons, as an expert says they do not help financially.
Independent think tank Giving Evidence completed a study in 2020 and researched the revenues of the 1,187 UK registered charities with at least one royal patron.
CEO of Giving Evidence Caroline Fiennes explained the findings on Republic’s Abolish the Monarchy podcast with Graham Smith.
Ms Fiennes noted that the report was not definitive but rather indicated that the Royal Family bring no increased income for patronaged charities.
1.40pm update: Eugenie’s baby will not be given royal title
Princess Eugenie’s baby boy is not expected to be given a royal title despite being 11th in line to the throne.
Eugenie gave birth to her and Jack Brooksbank’s first child earlier this week.
However sources say the Queen’s granddaughter will not ask for a title for her son and instead wants to focus on being a mother and her career rather than taking on more royal duties.
A friend told the Daily Mail: “Eugenie is adamant that she wants to keep her child out of the limelight as much as possible.
“Yes, she will still work with charities that are close to her heart, like the Scoliosis Association, but she won’t be taking over patronages left over by Harry and Meghan, and she won’t be standing in for them at public events.”
Meghan Markle “could not understand” why her husband Prince Harry was further down the line of succession and thus “much less important” than Prince William, a royal expert has claimed
Meghan Markle “could not understand” why her husband Prince Harry was further down the line of succession and thus “much less important” than Prince William, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal author Ingrid Seward wrote in the Sun: “The only modern Prince who really cares where he is in the list, is probably Harry.
“It is not because he minds for himself.
“But his wife Meghan could not understand why, when she had married the future King’s second son, they were so much less important than William and Kate and their tribe of children.”
Princess Beatrice received a very special present after her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last year.
Edoardo and Beatrice were married in a smaller ceremony last July at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge.
For her nuptials, Beatrice was given an embroidered silk robe from Hand & Lock, a centuries-old company boasting a royal warrant.
The white robe was monogrammed with the words “Mrs MM”, meaning Mrs Mapelli Mozzi.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child on Tuesday
10.30am update: James and Philip favourite names for Eugenie’s baby
The names James and Philip have become the new bookies’ favourites for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal baby.
The couple has not yet revealed the name of their little boy who arrived on Tuesday.
Bookmaker Coral said James has overtaken Arthur, while Betfair has Philip as the new favourite.
The Queen is traditionally informed before members of the Royal Family publicly share their baby’s name.
9.55am update: Meghan and Harry congratulate Eugenie and Jack on baby
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have congratulated Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on becoming parents.
Eugenie and Jack, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed a little boy on Tuesday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are living in America after quitting royal duties, are understood to have privately congratulated the couple on the arrival of their first child.
Harry is thought to be close to his cousin Eugenie. He and Prince William enjoyed skiing holidays with the Yorks in the 1990s when they were youngsters.
Princess Anne will “undoubtedly” be excited to become a grandmother again, according to a royal expert
9.10am update: Sarah Ferguson references grannies after Eugenie gives birth to baby boy
The Duchess of York may have given a subtle nod to her new role as grandmother on her Storytime with Fergie and Friends YouTube channel.
Sarah made and decorated unicorn magnets in a clip posted on Wednesday.
She said: “I got these off Amazon – these little colouring unicorns but what you could do is you could draw them, actually mummy and daddy, aunts and uncles, granny and grandpa, you could all draw your own little unicorn here.”
As she mentioned the words granny and grandpa, she raised her voice and pointed at the camera.
Princess Eugenie gave birth to a little boy on Tuesday, the first grandchild for Fergie and Prince Andrew.
8.40am update: Princess Anne ‘excited’ to become a grandmother again
Princess Anne will “undoubtedly” be excited to become a grandmother again, according to a royal expert.
Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, 39, is expecting her third child with her husband Mike, 42.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the Princess Royal, 70, will “undoubtedly” be excited to become a grandmother for the fifth time.
He added: “She’ll be looking forward to that.”
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Princess Diana exchanged sweet letters with Prince Philip as her relationship with Prince Charles crumbled, it has been claimed.
Correspondence between Diana and the Duke of Edinburgh showed the pair were on good terms during the breakdown of her relationship with the Prince of Wales.
In the affectionate letters, reported by Woman & Home, Philip signed off as ‘Pa’.
Princess Eugenie may have been given a “free pass” that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “could only dream of” following the birth of her baby boy, according to a royal expert.
Royal expert Daniela Elser claimed Eugenie was able to enjoy more freedom to share her happy news in her own way as she is further down the royal line of ascent compared to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
She wrote in NZ Herald: “There are two key takeaways here firstly and most obviously, that Eugenie is getting the sort of free pass that Harry and Meghan could only dream about and does not come down to hypocrisy but the unassailable fact that to be part of the royal family is to accept that there is no such thing as a level playing field.”
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