Whilst much of the news coverage in the UK this week has focused on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's prime time television interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex celebrated a significant legal victory over Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) earlier this week which, unsurprisingly, has been somewhat overshadowed by the fall out from her accusations of racism within the British Royal family.
In February this year, Markle obtained summary judgment in the High Court in relation to the The Mail on Sunday's publication of extracts of a “personal and private” handwritten letter to her estranged father. At that time, in his judgement Lord Justice Warby found that the Duchess "had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private" and that the newspaper's articles "interfered with that reasonable expectation". LJ Warby also found that the publication of the letter infringed Markle's copyright.
On Friday Justice Warby delivered a follow-up ruling (read it here) deciding that ANL must feature the news of the Duchess' win on the front page of its print publication and on its widely read MailOnline website.
The front-page statement will read: “The court has given judgment for the Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement."
“The court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail On Sunday and in MailOnline."
The court has given judgment for the Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement.