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Meghan Markle wins court battle with UK tabloid that published private letter to dad Thomas

A British court has dismissed an appeal by a tabloid paper against a ruling that it breached the privacy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by printing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper was seeking to overturn a High Court ruling that it breached Meghan’s privacy and copyright by publishing parts of the handwritten letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.

The excerpts were published three months after Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry.

Earlier this year the High Court ruled in Meghan’s favour without a trial and said the newspaper should print a front-page apology and pay her legal bills.

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The Mail on Sunday’s publisher lost its appeal against a ruling that it breached Meghan’s privacy. Credit: AP

During the hearings, lawyers for the Mail argued that Meghan, 40, had penned the letter in the knowledge it was not a simple private missive to her father but could become public.

Meghan penned the five-page letter to Markle following a collapse in their relationship in the run-up to her wedding, which her father missed due to ill health and after he admitted posing for paparazzi pictures.

The paper, which published extracts in February 2019, argued Markle wanted the letter public to respond to anonymous comments by Meghan’s friends in interviews with the US magazine People.

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