Posted on Mar 02, 2021
Meghan Markle has been awarded £450,000 as a provisional payment towards her legal costs after she won a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday which had printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father.
Judge Mark Warby ruled in her favour without holding a trial, Reuters reported, saying the articles were a clear breach of privacy after the paper argued the duchess had intended the letter’s contents to become public and it formed part of a media strategy.
At a hearing on Tuesday, Warby refused the paper permission to appeal that decision, saying he saw “no real prospect” that the Court of Appeal would reach a different conclusion. However, the paper is able to apply directly to the court.
The court was told Meghan’s legal team was seeking more than £1.5 million in legal fees, with half the amount to be paid within 14 days, a sum the paper described as “disproportionate”.
Warby agreed to make an interim costs order of £450,000, saying the final sum “may well be considerably more than that” after other outstanding issues were resolved at later hearings.
Meghan’s legal team also demanded the paper hands over any copies it has of the letter, and called for the judge to order the paper to publish a statement on its front page stating she had won her case, with a notice also placed on the MailOnline’s home page for “not less than 6 months” to act as a deterrent.
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