Meghan Marklewill be getting just £1 in damages from the Mail on Sunday after the publication shared a personal letter the Duchess of Sussex penned to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
In the wake of it publishing the letter, Meghan sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the owner of the Mail on Sunday, for five articles it released that contained parts of the private letter in August 2018.
Last year, the Duchess won the case — after ANL appealed the Court’s initial decision — leading to the publication having now accepted defeat, and choosing not to take the case to the Supreme Court.
According to court documents, the Mail on Sunday is to pay Meghan £1 in damages for breaching her privacy.
Discussing the surprisingly low amount, Mark Stephens, a media lawyer, toldThe Guardian: “Normally for that kind of invasion of privacy you would expect £75,000 to £125,000. It does show that the curation of her reputation was an area where she had effectively invaded her own privacy.”
He added that the payout suggested a weakness regarding that aspect of the case.
While the Duchess is only getting a small amount in damages for the paper breaching her privacy, Meghan is thought to be getting another sum for copyright infringement damages. It’s unknown how much she will be getting, however.
The Mail on Sunday may also have to cover a substantial amount of Meghan’s legal costs, which could be more than £1 million.
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Meghan released a powerful statement in the wake of her winning her appeal last month, where the mum-of-two said she saw the privacy lawsuit as “right versus wrong”.
Part of her statement read: “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”
“While this win is precedent setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel and profits from the lies and pain that they create,” she continued.
“From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong. The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules."
As all this has been going on,Meghan herself could be facing a lawsuitafter her sister Samantha Markle threatened to file a defamation claim against her in November.
Samantha, accused Meghan of telling the Royals “a bunch of porky pies” about her family, and was said to be looking at suing for defamation in the US.
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