Meghan Markle’s legal team returns to high court in bid to stop privacy claim going to trial

The Duchess of Sussex will find out if her privacy claim against Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) will be decided without a High Court trial as her lawyers return to the courtroom.

In a remote hearing on Tuesday, the court is due to hear an application for summary judgment – a legal step which would see the case resolved without a trial – when Meghan’s legal team will argue that ANL’s defence has no prospect of succeeding at a trial.

If successful, the case will then be closed, negating the need for a full trial.

 

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Meghan, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers (ANL), publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, over articles from February 2019, which featured parts of a “private and confidential” letter from the Duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.

The Duchess’ full claim was due to be heard at the High Court this month, but last year the case was adjourned until autumn 2021 for a “confidential” reason.

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Finding Freedom was published in August 2020

A judge ruled in September that the Mail On Sunday can rely on a recent royal biography Finding Freedom in its defence to Meghan’s privacy claim.

The Duchess subsequently lost the bid to appeal such an inclusion during a hearing in October.

However, the publisher’s attempts to name five of Meghan’s friends who gave an anonymous interview to People magazine – which ANL says brought the letter to her father into the public domain – was dismissed last August.

The remote hearing before Mr Justice Warby, which is expected to last two days, begins at 10.30am on Tuesday.

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