The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have begun legal action proceedings to sue Mail On Sunday over claims they have been unlawfully publishing Meghan’s private letters.
A statement has been released by the Duke of Sussex claiming he and Meghan have been forced to legal action in regards to “relentless propaganda”.
Prince Harry stated: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Acting in place of the duchess, law firm Schillings has accused the paper of making a number of campaigns that involve false derogatory stories putting the duchess in a bad light.
A High Court claim has been made by the firm against the paper and its parent company, stating that they have breached the Data Protection Act 2018 by misusing private information which is confidential and an infringement of copyright.
The Mail On Sunday published a handwritten letter that Meghan had written to her father, Thomas Markle, which Meghan sent to her father shortly after marrying Harry in 2018.
In response, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement on their official website, where Prince Harry stated what a “painful” impact the intrusion had had on his wife, driving the couple to take action.
The prince referred to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, stating he felt his “deepest fear is history repeating itself.”
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He added: “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a person.”
However, a Mail On Sunday spokesperson has responded by claiming the paper acted within its rights by publishing the story, stating the case would be defended “vigorously”.
They also added: “We categorically deny that the duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”
According to Harry, the letter that was published was portrayed in a way that was misleading to readers. Paragraphs, sentences, and specific words were apparently strategically omitted in order to create their specific angle.
A former Daily Mirror editor and Guardian columnist, Roy Greenslade, said that Prince Harry had taken a risky chance by attacking the entire press for the mistake of one newspaper. Despite this, there was a possibility that the duchess could win this case.
In an interview with Radio 4’s Today program, he said: “The press – particularly the tabloid press – is far less powerful now than it was during his mother’s era.
“Is he taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut here? I think he may well find that this is counter-productive.”
The legal proceedings for this case will be being funded privately by the couple. If any proceedings are made then they will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.
A further delve in Harry’s statement reveals how this has been a growing concern of the dukes, stating that his wife has become “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.
‘There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.
“They have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave.
“She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”
It appears that the prince has been a “silent witness” to Meghan’s suffering for too long and now is the time to take action.
This is not the first case in which a member of the royal family has taken legal action against the press. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sued French magazine Closer in 2017 for printing topless images of the duchess from 2012. The couple was rewarded £92,000 (€100,000) in damages.
It was decided by the French court that the images had been unlawfully published.