Meghan Markle Wins Copyright Case Against the Mail on Sunday

A legal battle reaches its conclusion

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey.
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The latest — and possibly last — stage in a legal battle between Meghan Markle and The Mail on Sunday seems to have been reached, and it’s one that reads like a full concession from the latter. The presence of “reads” in there is no coincidence.

As reported in The Guardian, Sunday’s edition of The Mail on Sunday featured a printed notice letting readers known that the Dutchess of Sussex had won a copyright infringement case against the newspaper’s publishers.

At issue were excerpts from a number of letters that she had written to her father, which The Mail on Sunday published. Markle argued that this was done in violation of the Data Protection Act 2018, and filed a lawsuit to that effect. Earlier this year, courts ruled in her favor regarding the violation of her privacy.

As The New York Times reported at the time, the judge in that case ruled that a trial had to be held over the copyright violation aspect of the case.

Now, that portion seems to be over. As part of The Mail on Sunday‘s announcement, the newspaper revealed that “financial remedies have been agreed.” The letters have been at the center of the case for several years — and with The Mail on Sunday‘s announcement, it seems to have reached its conclusion.

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