A court order awards the Duchess of Sussex compensation from a newspaper “violating” her privacy


London – Reuters
A London court awarded Megan, the Duchess of British Sussex, 450,000 pounds (630,000 dollars), on Tuesday, as temporary compensation for her legal expenses after she won a privacy lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, which published parts of a letter she wrote to her father. Last month, a judge in London’s High Court ruled that the newspaper had violated Megan’s privacy and had also violated her copyright by publishing portions of the five-page letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, with whom she had a falling out on the eve of her wedding to Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson. Judge Mark Warby’s ruling in favor of Megan came without trial, saying, “The articles were a clear violation of privacy after the newspaper argued that the Duchess had intended to publish the contents of the letter and that the publication was part of a media strategy.” At a hearing on Tuesday, Warby refused to authorize the newspaper to appeal the decision, saying he did not see any real possibility that the appeals court would reach a different conclusion. Nevertheless, the newspaper can appeal directly to the court.


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