The publishers of the Mail Online won’t be appealing the legal decision they lost against Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex. They will pay a confidential amount in damages for having infringed her copyright over her letter. And they’ll cover her seven figure legal costs.
Duchess Meghan to Donate Damages from Tabloid Case to Anti-Bullying Charity
The Mail on Sunday has agreed to pay for infringing Meghan’s copyright and invading her privacy.The publishers of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper have agreed to pay the Duchess of Sussex a “significant” amount in damages after publishing large portions of a private letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle.Court documents show that Associated Newspapers will hand over an unspecified amount for infringing her copyright of the letter after they put the handwritten note on the front page of the Mail on Sunday and in several Mail online articles in 2018. A small sum of £1 ($1.36) will also be transferred to Meghan for invading her privacy—a “nominal” sum that was agreed on by both parties to avoid a lengthy argument over the extent of damages the duchess has suffered.In March 2021, a British High Court judge also ordered the tabloid publisher to cover a large portion of Meghan’s legal costs, which are now believed to be more than $2 million. A spokesperson for the duchess confirms that the payout for copyright infringement is substantial and will be donated to an anti-bullying charity in due course.As part of the court settlement revealed on January 5, all Mail outlets have also been ordered to never disclose the names of Meghan’s five friends who anonymously spoke to People magazine for a 2019 cover feature about the royal. Last year, the publisher made it clear it wanted to name the individuals.The Mail on Sunday and Mail online carried out court order to print front-page and homepage legal notices, alongside a short report of the summary judgment, which was delivered to the paper by Judge Warby. The publisher had hoped the news would fly under the radar by publishing on December 26, one of the quietest newspaper-buying days on the British calendar, but Sussex supporters quickly turned #MeghanMarkleWon into a trending hashtag worldwide.In December, Associated Newspapers lost an appeal to have the case reopened and taken to trial and a panel of three judges at the Court of Appeals concluded that Meghan had “a reasonable expectation of privacy” regarding the contents of the letter to Thomas Markle.Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex called her victory “not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.” Calling out the Mail’s “harmful practice,” Meghan added, “The courts have held the defendant to account, and my hope is that we all begin to do the same.”