After her High Court victory against Associated Newspapers' Ltd (ANL) earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex was forced on Monday this week to wait a little bit longer before seeing the Mail on Sunday print its front page statement trumpeting her legal victory over ANL - the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.
High Court Justice Mark Warby had previously found in favour of Markle in her claim for copyright infringement against ANL following its publication of extracts in the Mail on Sunday of a “personal and private” handwritten letter by Meghan to her estranged father.
Whilst the judge refused permission for ANL to appeal, he did grant the newspaper group a stay of the order requiring publication of the statement pending an application by ANL directly to the Court of Appeal, although LJ Warby said the stay would expire on 6 April 2021.
In addition to the stay of the order, Warby accepted a request from ANL to reduce the font size of the statement and he further agreed that the Mail Online would only need to run the statement on its website for seven days, rather than six months, with only a one day requirement for the statement to appear on the homepage before it can be moved to the news section for the remainder of the week long period.
The judge refused ANL permission to appeal, but granted a "stay" of the order requiring publication of the statements "only until the matter has been decided by the Court of Appeal".