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Meghan Markle "cooperated" with authors of Finding Freedom, lawyers claim in the latest data protection battle


Meghan Markle is accused of “collaborating” with the authors of Finding Freedom, about her life with the Duke of Sussex. The latest hearing of her case in the High Court against the editor of The Mail on Sunday will take place today.

Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers (ANL) for posting a "private and confidential" handwritten letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, 76, in August 2018, months after he had a heart attack and was unable to walk down the aisle to lead.

The 39-year-old Duchess insists that the note contained her "deepest and most private thoughts and feelings" and that its publication constituted an abuse of her private information and violated data protection law.

Meghan Markle has filed a lawsuit against the UK press after her father Thomas (pictured together) shared a letter she sent him after the royal wedding. Today Meghan's lawyers will deny that they were familiar with the book & # 39; Finding Freedom & # 39; worked together over their royal life

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who left the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on Commonwealth Day, March 9th this year

According to ANL attorneys, Meghan's collaboration with the book reflects the way her five friends informed People Magazine about the letter to her father with their permission

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who left the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on Commonwealth Day on March 9 of this year, are believed to have followed some of the proceedings before the LA High Court ( right wearing masks on April 17th).

At the last preliminary hearing in London on Monday, ANL asked for permission to amend her written defense against Meghan's allegation that she “worked with the authors of the recently published book Finding Freedom to bring out her version of certain events”.

ANL lawyers say their collaboration with the book reflects the way their five friends informed People Magazine, with their permission, of the letter to their father.

Meghan's attorneys have denied that she worked with writers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand on the book, which was published in August, saying that any reference to her letter in the book was merely excerpts from the letter, its own Articles of the accused was taken & # 39 ;.

In writing, Justin Rushbrooke QC said, "The applicant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photos to the authors for the book."

He added that neither Meghan nor Harry had spoken to Mr. Scobie or Ms. Durand, whom he said "they did not feel that the applicant wanted the contents of the letter to be reflected in the book".

According to reports, Mr Rushbrooke will represent Meghan for the remainder of the case after dropping his colleague David Sherborne.

Attorney Justin Rushbrooke QC (pictured) represents Meghan in the High Court after the Duchess dropped his colleague David Sherborne

Last month, the Duchess won the recent dispute in the lawsuit after Justice Warby (above) ruled in her favor over protecting the identities of five friends who were interviewing a US magazine

Prominent attorney David Sherborne (pictured left) represented Meghan in last week's high court hearing, but Judge Justice Warby (right) failed to find it in his favor

Antony White QC, who represents ANL, said in writing that Finding Freedom "made it look like it was written with their (Meghan and Harry's) extensive collaboration".

He argued that ANL should now be allowed to file a change in her defense, as the book, with her consent, contains descriptions of her "relationship and communication with her father" – and that Meghan "prompted or allowed information to be directly or indirectly available provide and collaborate with the authors of (Finding Freedom), including by giving or allowing them information about the letter. "

ANL insists that the Duchess also allowed this and other private information to become publicly available by working with the writers or giving her friends the green light to share details about her personal life.

A document presented to the court, referring to Meghan as "C" (Applicant), states: "If C allowed the authors full collaboration and the publication of a detailed account of their personal lives, relationships, thoughts and feelings, Sub Referring to her relationship and communication with her father, it is difficult to see how she can complain that the letter should not have been published because "it contained the Claimant's deepest and most private thoughts and feelings".

Thomas Markle with a baby Meghan Markle. An image from the Channel 5 documentary entitled Thomas Markle: My Story, which aired earlier this year

Thomas Markle with a baby Meghan Markle. An image from the Channel 5 documentary titled Thomas Markle: My Story, which aired earlier this year

Thomas Markle shows souvenirs he kept on Harry and Meghan's mantelpiece from the wedding he was unable to attend. Father and daughter have not spoken since then

Thomas Markle shows souvenirs he keeps on Harry and Meghan's mantelpiece from the wedding he was unable to attend. Father and daughter have not spoken since then

Regarding the & # 39; book & # 39; adds: & # 39; The book details C.'s feelings about a variety of personal matters, relationships, and events and ascribes several quotes about her feelings to her (36 after D's reckoning).

"It also contains extensive accounts of events where it can be concluded that only C and her husband and / or possibly a third party who would not have spoken to the authors (e.g. the queen) were present."

Meghan's attorneys also claim that ANL's revamped defense would also significantly delay the start of the full process, which is slated for next January.

A document submitted to the court stated: “The Claimant and her husband did not collaborate with, or were interviewed for, the authors of the book, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the book.

"Neither the Claimant nor her husband spoke to the authors or the purposes of the book."

Details of a statement by co-author Scobie were also included in the document submitted by ANL. The media group's lawyers insisted that they wanted to "cross-examine" his evidence.

They claim that Mr Scobie seems to confirm in his statement that people working on behalf of C (Meghan) worked with the writers and gave them the names of people close to C who would help and that the authors have spoken to such people and received information from them. & # 39;

Master Francesca Kaye of the High Court will also decide the cost budgets for the case, which also left the two sides in the dispute.

Meghan claims costs of an estimated £ 1.4 million, which ANL denies as being too high.

Last month, Meghan won the latest row in the lawsuit after Justice Warby ruled in their favor over protecting the identities of five friends who gave an anonymous interview to People magazine.

The chief judge said he had concluded that Meghan should be given an order "at least for the time being" protecting the people's identity after ANL tried to name them.

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