By Tara Rippin • 29 October 2020 • 14:05
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with Mail on Sunday.
The trial has been delayed until next autumn.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in the Mail on Sunday that included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.
Lawyers for Prince Harry’s actress wife had submitted an application for the trial- due to start on January 11, 2021 – to be put back to a later date.
And Judge Mark Warby today (Thursday, October 29) concluded the right decision “in all circumstance” is to grant the application.
This means the scheduled trial “will be vacated” and a new date will be set for the autumn.
The Duchess’s legal team are arguing that the Mail deliberately omitted parts of the letter, which was never intended to be made public, to paint the royals in a poor light.
They claim it was a misuse of private information and breached Meghan Markle’s copyright and are seeking aggravated damages.
A London court ruled last month that the Mail On Sunday could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography.
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