No plans for 'fly-on-the-wall' show, say Harry and Meghan

No plans for 'fly-on-the-wall' show, say Harry and Meghan

It also means that she could be questioned under oath about her involvement with the book, which tells the story about her life with the Duke of Sussex.

She wrote the letter in August 2018, the Mail on Sunday published it in February 2019.

But Meghan's lawyers said accusations they "collaborated" with the authors were a "conspiracy theory".

Judge Francesca Kaye allowed the publisher to amend its defence to rely on Finding Freedom, saying the amended defence did not raise "new defences", but simply added "further particulars" to the Mail on Sunday's case.

A headline in the Mail on Sunday said: "Revealed: The letter showing true tragedy of Meghan's rift with a father she says has "broken her heart into a million pieces".

A full hearing in her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers is due to start in January.

But since the publication of the new book, which detailed Harry and Meghan's entrance and exit from the Royal Family, the newspaper's legal team requested permission to amend its written defence arguing the Sussexes had "co-operated" with the authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

She added that Meghan "knows the case she has to meet" and that "there is no suggestion that she is in fact unable to do so".

He argued that the Duchess, either directly or through friends, allowed the bombshell book to use intimate details to paint a "favourable" picture of her life.

The judge refused a request from Meghan's barrister, Justin Rushbrook QC, to appeal against her decision.

The book "gives every appearance of having been written with their extensive cooperation", he said.

It also could have been another lucrative draw for the streaming giant and a chance to humanize the pair as they fix damage done to their public image since their surprising break with the British monarchy this year.

One of the book's authors, Omid Scobie, gave a witness statement saying the couple had not authorised the book nor been interviewed for it.

The publisher has said there was "huge and legitimate" public interest in publishing the letter - but Meghan has claimed it was selectively edited by the paper to portray her "negatively".

Mr Rushbrooke will reportedly be representing Meghan for the remainder of the case after she dropped his colleague, David Sherborne.

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