London | Lawyers pleaded for Meghan Markle, who is suing the Daily Mail publisher for breaching privacy, on Tuesday for her to succeed without going to trial.
The 39-year-old American actress and wife of Prince Harry The Associated Newspears – which publishes the Mail Online, Daily Mail and Sunday Mail on Sunday – is accused of infringing on her privacy by posting excerpts from a handwritten letter to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.
“This is a very straightforward case concerning the illegal posting of a private message,” his lawyer, Justin Rushbrooke, told the High Court in London. He added that this publication constitutes a “flagrant and serious violation of his right to privacy, and the defense does not have any convincing arguments,” and urged the issuance of a ruling without going through a trial. .
This long-awaited trial promises to be rich in details about the life of the princely couple who formed the grandson of Elizabeth II with the former actress, who did not hide a feeling of poor acceptance of the royal family. This could shed light on their withdrawal from royal duties to move to California.
Originally scheduled for this month, it was postponed at the request of the Duchess of Sussex to the fall of 2021. In addition to a “secret reason” provided by Meghan Markle’s representatives, and Judge Mark Warby, in charge of the case, had indicated that the delay was justified through a procedure legal.
This is the “urgent judgment” request (which, in Anglo-Saxon law, allows the case to be resolved without trial) that the Supreme Court began examining on Tuesday.
The hearings, scheduled to last nearly two days, are being held due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, which forced England to reconfigure itself for the third time in early January.
A war on the media
Causing a setback for Meghan Markle, justice in September allowed The Mail on Sunday to support her defense of “Finding Freedom” (Toward Freedom), a recent biography of Meghan and Prince Harry, dating back to his distancing from the British monarchy. .
Associated News Spears’ attorneys claimed that Megan “cooperated with the authors” of this book which references the letter for distribution which is being sued against them, which she denies.
Prince Harry, 36, who is sixth in line to succeed the British throne, has repeatedly denounced media pressure on the couple and made it the main reason to announce his retirement from the royal family. In January 2020, effective from early April.
Installing since then in California, the couple is in open war against the press.
Harry, whose mother Diana died in a hunt by paparazzi in Paris in 1997, has taken separate legal action against another British newspaper, The Daily Mirror, over alleged phone hacks.
According to British media, he is also suing the Associated Newspapers over an article published in the October Mail on Sunday alleging that he had not been in contact with the Royal Marines since his removal from the monarchy, which forced him to do so. To give up his honorary military titles.
Since moving to California, Meghan Markle and her husband have signed several contracts with content platforms, including the Netflix giant and the audio platform Spotify.
Keeping the lines moving, the Duchess took up the pen in The New York Times in November to announce that she had had a miscarriage last July.
Critics criticized the couple for seeking to benefit from the royal family’s membership and fame while refusing to take over the formal and representative aspects of the job.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have expressed their desire to work for humanitarian causes, particularly through a new foundation, Archewell, a name inspired by the name of their son Archie, born in May 2019.