the essential Before the British justice, Meghan Markle admitted to having provided information to the authors of an unofficial biography on her and her husband Prince Harry. The Duchess has apologized to the court.
The 40-year-old former American actress won her privacy breach lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday in February. She accuses him of publishing a letter written in 2018, in which she asked her father Thomas Markle, 77 years, to stop pouring out and lying in the media about their broken relationship.
The tabloid with large circulation is now contesting this decision, during an appeal examined until Thursday in London. The Duchess of Sussex’s accusations there appeared to have been weakened by testimony Wednesday from Jason Knauf, the couple’s former communications secretary now in California.
“I apologize to the court “
Bringing water to the Mail on Sunday mill which wants to demonstrate that Meghan Markle regularly sought to influence public opinion, the latter claimed to have provided on behalf of the couple private information to the authors of the unofficial biography of the royal couple, “Finding Freedom” (“Harry and Meghan, free”). According to him, the book project being according to him “discussed in a routine way” and “directly with the Duchess, in person and by e-mail”.
In written testimony provided to the court, Meghan admitted to having been involved in the writing of the book – which she and her husband had always denied until then – and apologized for misleading the court into not having specified it at first instance. “I acknowledge that Mr. Knauf provided information to the authors and that he did so with my knowledge,” she explains, adding, however, that “the extent of the information he shared (was) unknown “.
“I apologize to the court for not remembering these exchanges at the time,” continues the Duchess. Ms Markle, however, argued that the information shared with the authors was “a far cry from the very detailed personal information” the Mail on Sunday had published.
Prince Harry, 37, sixth in the order of succession to the British crown, has repeatedly denounced the pressure of the media on his couple and made it the main reason for his withdrawal from the royal family, effective since April 2020. The British tabloids, often mercilessly against the Duchess, made their fat out of their backpedaling. The Sun dedicated its headline Thursday to a cartoon of Meghan, nicknamed “Madame Etourdie”, in reference to the series of children’s books “Monsieur, Madame”.