Meghan Markle to receive £1 in damages after winning privacy case

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Meghan Markle will receive £1 in damages after winning her privacy case against the Mail on Sunday.

The tiny sum was set out in court documents after Associated Newspapers accepted that they had breached her privacy by publishing a "personal and private" letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle in 2018.

In it, she asked him to stop talking to tabloids and making false claims about her in interviews.

Associated Newspapers argued that Meghan wrote the correspondence to her father knowing it was likely to be leaked and despite claiming the opposite.

But a judge had ruled in February 2021, that extracts letter from the Duchess of Sussex published by the group were "manifestly excessive and… unlawful".

Associated Newspapers to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in interim legal costs and to print a front-page statement acknowledging her legal victory.

However, that had been on hold while it challenged the judges ruling bt the decision was upheld in December.

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Judges at the appeal said: "The judge had correctly decided that, whilst it might have been proportionate to publish a very small part of the letter… it was not necessary to publish half the contents of the letter."

A spokesman for Associated Newspapers said at the time: "It is our strong view that judgment should be given only on the basis of evidence tested at trial, and not on a summary basis in a heavily contested case."

In her own statement, Meghan took a swipe at the Daily Mail referencing its mocking nickname the 'Daily Fail.'

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She said: "The courts have held the defendant to account and my hope is that we all begin to do the same.

"Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it's not. Tomorrow it could be you.

"These harmful practices don't happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily fail that divides us and we all deserve better."

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Further reports suggested that the Associated Newspapers were considering another appeal to the Supreme Court, but has now accepted defeat in the long-running case.

The media company will also pay an unspecified sum for a separate case where the Duchess claimed they infringed her copyright.

The Mail on Sunday is also expected to cover a substantial part of Meghan's legal costs, which could be more than £1m.

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