Meghan and Harry’s team ‘fact-checked Finding Freedom’ source claims

A team of Meghan Markle's ex-aides dubbed the "Palace Four" can "shed light" on the drafting of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, the High Court heard on Wednesday.

Prince Harry's wife is suing the Mail on Sunday for privacy copyright and data protection over articles published in February 2019.

Meghan has faced claims she and Prince Harry co-operated with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand on biography Finding Freedom.

The Duchess has denied these claims but the High Court on Wednesday, January 20, heard claims that some of Meghan's former aides "assisted" in the publication of the book.

Sara Latham, who used to work for Meghan is also included in the list, and she is said to have helped Scobie and Durand "make sure they got nothing wrong".

Mail on Sunday editor Ted Verity claims in his witness statement a senior Royal source told him Ms Latham, who at the time was the Sussexes’ director of communications, "assisted the authors of Finding Freedom by performing a role that was essentially fact-checking".

It is also alleged "a woman called Keleigh" at Sunshine Sachs, Meghan and Harry’s representatives, had been responsible for "making calls to open doors" to the authors.

ANL's lawyer Anthony White QC told the court a letter from lawyers representing the Palace Four said they would also be able to "shed some light" on the drafting of Meghan's letter to her father, Thomas Markle.

The letter forms part of the privacy case as Meghan claims it was in breach of her privacy to publish extracts from the handwritten note.

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Mr White also told the court it was also "likely" there was further evidence about whether Meghan "directly or indirectly provided private information" to the Finding Freedom authors.

In the letter sent on their behalf, their lawyers said they did not "wish to take sides in the dispute" and remain "strictly neutral".

It said they may be able to shed light on "whether or not the claimant anticipated that the letter might come into the public domain".

The letter says they could also reveal whether Meghan "directly or indirectly provided private information, generally and in relation to the letter specifically, to the authors of Finding Freedom".

Samantha Cohen, former private secretary to the Sussexes, Christian Jones, former deputy communications secretary to the couple and Jason Knauf, who at the time was communications secretary to both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have also been named on the list.

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