Meghan Markle to find out if High Court privacy case will be delayed
The Duchess of Sussex is bringing a bid to have her privacy action against the Mail On Sunday over the publication of a letter to her estranged father decided without a trial.
Lawyers representing the Duchess in a remote hearing on Thursday have also lodged an application to postpone the date of the full trial due to take place in January 2021.
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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.
It comes after a judge ruled in September that the Mail On Sunday can rely on a recent royal biography in its defence to Meghan’s privacy claim.
The Duchess’ legal team will also bring an appeal against that ruling at the hearing before Mr Justice Warby on Thursday.
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Finding Freedom was published in August
Lawyers for the Duchess denied she “collaborated” with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand for their royal biography Finding Freedom, and argued that references in the book, published in August, were simply “extracts from the letter lifted from the defendant’s own articles”.
A costs and case management hearing, before Judge Francesca Kaye, will also take place on Thursday afternoon.
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