Meghan tries to stop Mail on Sunday from naming five of her friends in court battle

The Duchess of Sussex has applied to the High Court to stop The Mail and Mail on Sunday from being able to reveal the names of five of her friends in her ongoing lawsuit against the papers’ publisher, according to a source close to Meghan.

The women’s names were given to the judge and to the Mail for its defence, confidentially, by the duchess last week as part of the legal proceedings, the source said, claiming the threat to identify them was “an attempt to intimidate the duchess and her friends”.

As part of today’s court filing, the Duchess of Sussex provided a witness statement in which she accused the Mail on Sunday of “playing a media game with real lives”.

“Each of these women is a private citizen, young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy,” she said, claiming the threat to expose them was “for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain”.

She said the move was “vicious” and one that “poses a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing”.

The duchess is suing ANL, which also owns MailOnline and the Daily Mail, over a Mail on Sunday article that reproduced sections of a handwritten note she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle, 75, in August 2018.

Lawyers for the duchess claim the story breached her privacy.

Associated Newspapers claims it only included the letter because it had already been referenced by Meghan’s friends in an interview with People magazine in the US.

The duchess identifies the five friends who gave the People interview, but refers to them only as friends A, B, C, D and E, and denies she authorised them to do it.

In the article, published in February last year, they spoke out against the bullying she said she has faced.

They could be called to testify if the case goes to trial, but no dates have been suggested for a potential hearing.

“These five women are not on trial, and nor am I,” the duchess said in her statement. “The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial. It is this publisher that acted unlawfully and is attempting to evade accountability; to create a circus and distract from the point of this case – that the Mail on Sunday unlawfully published my private letter.”

The paper said in a statement: “To set the record straight, The Mail on Sunday had absolutely no intention of publishing the identities of the five friends this weekend. But their evidence is at the heart of the case and we see no reason why their identities should be kept secret.

“That is why we told the duchess’s lawyers last week that the question of their confidentiality should be properly considered by the court.”

Last week, Meghan claimed in court documents that she felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family while she was pregnant with Archie. She claimed the “institution” of the monarchy failed to protect her from “emotionally-distressing” articles about her.

Sky News

70 thoughts on “Meghan tries to stop Mail on Sunday from naming five of her friends in court battle

  1. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some
    interesting things or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read even more things about it!

  2. I think that what you posted was very reasonable. However, consider this,
    what if you typed a catchier post title? I ain’t saying your content is not solid.,
    but what if you added something that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean Meghan tries to stop Mail on Sunday from naming five of her friends in court battle – The Lagos Mail is kinda boring.
    You ought to peek at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create article titles to get viewers
    to click. You might add a related video or a
    related pic or two to get readers interested about what you’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

  3. My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a number of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is
    there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  4. I must thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning
    this blog. I’m hoping to view the same high-grade content by you
    in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me
    to get my own, personal website now 😉

  5. Hey I am so thrilled I found your webpage, I really found you by accident, while I was
    searching on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a remarkable post and a all round
    thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to
    go through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will
    be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

  6. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net
    from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a variety of websites for
    about a year and am concerned about switching to another
    platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  7. Hi there are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any coding expertise
    to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old
    daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a
    hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to
    go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  9. Just wish to say your article is as astounding. The clarity
    in your post is simply spectacular and i could assume you’re an expert on this
    subject. Well with your permission allow
    me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  10. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the road.
    All the best

  11. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and
    gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this
    is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  12. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading
    it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come
    back later in life. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great posts, have a nice holiday
    weekend!

  13. You are so cool! I do not suppose I’ve truly read something like this before.
    So great to discover somebody with some genuine thoughts on this subject matter.
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is
    one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  14. I simply couldn’t leave your web site prior to
    suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard info an individual supply for your visitors?
    Is gonna be again often in order to investigate cross-check new posts

  15. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have
    really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any
    case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very
    soon!

  16. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility
    issues? A number of my blog readers have complained about my blog
    not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.

    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

  17. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across
    this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

  18. You could definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    At all times go after your heart.

  19. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info much.
    I was looking for this certain info for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  20. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to
    get my own website now 😉

  21. Hello there! This post could not be written any better!

    Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a great read.
    I appreciate you for sharing!

  22. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem with your web site in web explorer, may check this?

    IE still is the marketplace leader and a huge section of
    other folks will miss your fantastic writing because of
    this problem.

  23. Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the
    same results.

  24. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was
    wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at
    options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  25. whoah this blog is great i love studying your articles.
    Stay up the great work! You already know, many persons are looking round for
    this info, you could help them greatly.

  26. I have been surfing on-line more than 3 hours nowadays, yet I by
    no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It is lovely value enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the internet will likely be much more helpful than ever before.

  27. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or
    copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it
    looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement.

    Do you know any methods to help protect against content from being
    ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

  28. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your site, how
    could i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a appropriate deal.
    I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered vivid transparent concept

  29. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and
    I in finding It really helpful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to give something back and help others
    such as you helped me.

  30. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?

    Cheers!

  31. I almost never create comments, however i did
    a few searching and wound up here Meghan tries to stop Mail on Sunday from naming five of her friends in court battle – The Lagos Mail.
    And I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright.

    Could it be simply me or does it look like a few of these comments look like they are coming from brain dead individuals?
    😛 And, if you are writing on other online sites,
    I would like to follow anything fresh you have to
    post. Could you make a list of the complete urls of all your public sites like your twitter feed,
    Facebook page or linkedin profile?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please reload

Please Wait