In Meghan's privacy case, the British News Group won the right to amend the defense


A court on Tuesday allowed a British newspaper group to amend its defense against Meghan Markle's high-profile claims of privacy and copyright infringement.

In Meghan's privacy case, the British News Group won the right to amend the defense


The former television actress issuing the Associated Newspapers for publishing a letter written to her father, who lived in her area before her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

At a High Court hearing in London last week, her lawyers tried to block a request to state that the couple had co-authored a recent book about their lives.

The couple, who quit their frontline royal duties earlier this year citing media interference, denied that they were involved in any "freedom-seeking" publication.

But the Associated Press, which publishes the Mail and Mail online website on Sunday, said the book contained "every form of writing with their extensive collaboration."

In particular, he alleged that Meghan had given the authors the details of the letter to Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand in order to present her events in a more favorable light to her version.

He also claimed that Meghan wanted to use the handwritten letter "as part of a media strategy" and discussed it with royal communications officials before sending it.

In a ruling, Judge Francesca allowed an amendment to the Associate's defense, yet Meghan's lawyers claimed that the defense "has no merit and is in fact a liar."

Scooby said in a witness statement that neither Meghan nor Harry - also known by their official titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex - shared their biographies.

"They did not allow the book and have never been interviewed for it," he added.

The 10-day trial is set to begin in January. Win or lose, it will be seen’ as a turning point in the couple's growing bitter struggle with the British tabloid press.

Harry has in the past filed separate cases against Newsgroup Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers for phone hacking.

Meghan is also suing a photo agency after she and her young son Archie were photographed’ in a Canadian park earlier this year.


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