Meghan Markle's high-stakes privacy process has been postponed until next October – despite her father's concerns that he may die before it takes place.
Thomas Markle announced that he has heart and lung problems and that he "wants to get the case over with as soon as possible" because he "may die tomorrow".
Despite her father's concerns, Meghan's legal team won a ten-month adjournment in a secret hearing in London's High Court today without further details being released.
Meghan, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers, editors of Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, for invasion of privacy for posting excerpts from a letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, after their royal wedding in 2018.
The case was originally scheduled to begin next January and last ten days.
The newspaper's lawyers did not oppose the adjournment, citing it as a matter for the judge.
Meghan Markle's privacy case against Associated Newspapers, editors of Mail On Sunday and MailOnline has been postponed until October after a secret hearing in the High Court
39-year-old Meghan is suing for invasion of privacy for releasing excerpts from a letter she sent to her 76-year-old father Thomas Markle (pictured) after their royal wedding in 2018
Mr. Markle's comments were revealed in a statement from Elizabeth Hartley, Group Legal Director of Associated Newspapers, which he gave her to share.
Mr. Markle reveals: “This case scares me and I want to get it over with as soon as possible. I am 76 years old and have blood thinners from my heart disease and surgery that have affected my breathing. & # 39;
Mr. Markle added, “I can't go far or up many flights of stairs. I can't take more than 30 or 40 steps without twisting and slowing down until I get my breath back. I've had a cold for 3 to 4 years, which is related to my heart and lung problems. I am clinically obese and have put on more weight in the past few months from being unable to leave my house to exercise. I am pre-diabetic. & # 39;
Mr. Markle was due to testify at the trial, which was originally scheduled for next January, what would have been a "clash" against Meghan, who is also expected to take the position.
Mr Markle also announced that he has not returned to a local hospital near his home because he does not want to know if he has cancer or any other serious medical condition.
He adds, “None of my male relatives have ever lived over 80 years of age. I am a realist and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this happens, the better. & # 39;
Meghan's attorneys were granted a ten-month delay today, ending in October next year, at a private secret confidentiality hearing to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts presented.
Meghan's legal team won a adjournment at a "confidential" hearing today.
On Wednesday, a Press Association court order announced that part of Meghan's motions today would be heard privately "to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts presented." No further details were given.
Mr Justice Warby said today that he had considered the application and granted the delay until next fall. The "primary basis" on which the adjournment was requested is "confidential".
He said, “The right decision, under any circumstances, is to grant the motion to adjourn. "This means that the hearing will be closed on January 11, 2021 and the trial will be postponed to a new date in the fall."
Meghan lost a motion for claims that she worked with the authors of the royal biography Finding Freedom
The adjournment was part of a series of legal moves by Meghan's attorneys to reschedule the case.
They want a judge to rule their case without a full trial, which means she wouldn't take the stand before the Royal Courts of Justice.
The judge said he would hear the Duchess' summary judgment to have her case heard on Jan. 12 without a full trial.
Meghan lost a motion to claim she worked with the writers of the royal biography "Finding Freedom".
Last month she lost an offer to keep the Mail from relying on the book on Sunday.
The newspaper's lawyers argued that it worked with writers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand to come up with a version of the events that was favorable to them. The Duchess denies collaboration with the authors.
Attorneys for the newspaper have alleged at an earlier pre-trial hearing that it was "hard to see" Meghan complaining that extracts from the letter to her estranged father were being published when she and Harry were helping with Finding Freedom have their private thoughts and feelings.
The Duchess, who missed the court's deadline to deliver an updated "response" to the newspaper's defense, is also trying to extend the deadline.
The newspaper's attorneys accuse Meghan of providing personal information to Omid Scobie (left) and Carolyn Durand (right), authors of Finding Freedom, in order to present their own version of events in a way that is convenient for them
A document the newspaper's lawyers presented to the court reported that she had violated a court order by missing the October 21 deadline. She now has until November 13th to resubmit her amended answer.
The lawyers said: "No or no good explanation has been given for this issue."
Meghan's attorneys have asked the High Court to disclose evidence such as emails and texts between her and her friends, which are said to be postponed until next August.
Meghan's lawyers have taken a number of steps to delay the case
In this case, both sides are obliged to pass on relevant documents such as messages and e-mails to the other side.
Meghan was originally given November 6th to provide this.
At the heart of the case is Meghan's alleged role in empowering five of her best friends, referred to as her "inner circle," to give US magazine People an anonymous interview mentioning the letter to her father.
Meghan's attorneys have categorically denied they knew they gave the interview to the magazine.
The newspaper argues that it must have known and wants all news between Meghan and her friends to be brought to the court.
The newspaper also claims it authorized friends to notify the biography authors and is looking for relevant messages that the Duchess sent or received.
Lawyers for the newspaper said it was "hard to see" Meghan complain about the publication of excerpts from her letter to her estranged father when she and Harry were helping with "Finding Freedom," which was their private thoughts and feelings revealed.
At a preliminary hearing last month, Meghan's attorneys said she was ready to take the stand for the trial.
However, her new motion, if successful, would mean Warby Justice would rule the case without trial.
Meghan and her estranged father, Thomas, who is witnessing the newspaper, were due to face each other in the High Court in January, but that was postponed until the fall
He would decide on the basis of written and oral evidence from lawyers without the need for witnesses to take the stand.
The newspaper's lawyers say they are not opposed to the adjournment on confidential grounds, but oppose any delay in disclosing evidence as it could affect their preparation for the case.
The document says, "A stay would stop disclosure."
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