The London High Court on Friday dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by Meghan, the British Duchess of Sussex, against a tabloid for violating her privacy.
Meghan, the wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry, is suing Associated Newspapers for articles in its Mail on Sunday newspaper that were printed in February last year and contained parts of a letter she had sent to her father Thomas Markle.
At a hearing last week, the newspaper's lawyer argued that allegations that she had acted dishonestly and fueled the family tear, along with references to other articles about the king that Meghan believes to be wrong, should be removed from the case.
"I agree that all three categories of allegations should be removed from the claim information," said Judge Mark Warby in his decision.
Duchess lawyers say the publication of her letter by the newspaper was an abuse of private information and violated her copyright. They demand increased damage. As part of the allegation, they had accused the Mail and other tabloids of harassing, humiliating, and manipulating Thomas Markle and contributing to a dispute between him and his daughter.
The two have not spoken to Harry since their dazzling wedding in May 2018.
The paper rejected the allegation that it had acted dishonestly or maliciously by publishing extracts from the letter she sent to her father in August 2018 and said it was "remarkable" that the allegation raised Markle's treatment without the Duchess contacting him to see if he agreed.
"Today's decision makes it very clear that the core elements of this case will not change and will continue to develop," said a spokesman for Schillings, Meghan's law firm.
He added: "The Duchess' rights have been violated; legal privacy limits have been exceeded.
As part of this process, the extremes at which The Mail used distorting, manipulative, and dishonest tactics to target the Duchess of Sussex were fully exposed. "
Meghan and Harry are now living in the Los Angeles area after resigning from their royal roles in late March. The case is still being fully negotiated, but no date has yet been set.
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