Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle’s estranged father, could end up giving evidence against his daughter during her court battle with the Mail on Sunday, High Court documents revealed.
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The Duchess of Sussex is suing the UK newspaper for breach of copyright, invasion of privacy and misuse of personal data, after the publication published parts of a private letter she sent to her father, that addressed the way he was treating her in the lead up to her wedding.
Thomas Markle’s evidence will support the Mail on Sunday’s defence against the duchess, with the court documents including that Mr Markle “had a weighty right to tell his version of what happened between himself and his daughter including the contents of the letter.”
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The tabloid refutes the claims put forward by Meghan’s legal team, on the basis that the duchess and other members of the royal family “rely on publicity about themselves and their lives to maintain the privileged positions they hold”, and that Meghan couldn’t “have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so.”
Last year, Prince Harry branded the “relentless propaganda” a direct act of bullying on his wife, drawing comparisons to the scrutiny that was targeted at his late mother.
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself,” he stated. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”