Duchess Meghan of Sussex wins privacy infringement lawsuit against tabloid

Duchess Meghan sued an England Tabloid and its owners for violating her privacy in February 2019, when it published five stories featuring parts of a private letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, following her 2018 weeding to Prince Harry.


Under copyright law, the author of a private letter owns the copyright and thus her permission is needed in order to publish it. The Judge granted Meghan’s summary judgement against the tabloid, stating the duchess “had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private. The Judge awarded duchess $625,000 towards her $2 million legal cost as well as ordering the Mail – a British newspaper, to publish a frontpage statement highlighting the Duchess’s legal victory.