Meghan Markle wins court battle to protect friends' identities

Meghan Markle wins court battle to protect friends' identities

Last year, five of Meghan Markle's closest friends anonymously spoke out in defense of the Duchess of Sussex after watching her quietly endure months of intense backlash and criticism from the British tabloids.

Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry, is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in its Mail on Sunday paper that included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.

In a witness statement submitted to the High Court, the duchess said Associated Newspapers was "threatening to publish the names of five women".

He added that the decision to keep the identity of the friends anonymous was an interim one.

Per The Telegraph, Justice Warby said in his ruling, "I have concluded that for the time being at least the Court should grant the claimant the orders she seeks, the effect of which will be to confer protection on the sources' identities".

ANL maintains that it was the five friends who were responsible for bringing the letter into the public domain when it was referred to in the People article, and that she was aware of it.

Mr Justice Warby said there was also evidence the Daily Mail had written stories about the case based on documents that had not yet been filed to the court.

One of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's favorite bakeries in London wished her a happy birthday yesterday with a never-before-seen photo of the duchess from a 2019 visit.

It is this publisher that acted unlawfully and is attempting to evade accountability; to create a circus and distract from the point of this case - that the Mail on Sunday unlawfully published my private letter.

The court has previously heard that Markle became "the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles" in the press while she was pregnant with her son Archie, which caused her "tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health".

No date for the full trial has been set. The couple recently also began court proceedings in July in Los Angeles after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their baby boy.

The royal family has wished Meghan Markle a happy birthday. Alongside a sweet photo of Meghan smiling with a young child, a post on the Cambridges' official Instagram and Twitter accounts read, "Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex today!"

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