Duke and Duchess of Sussex sue Mail on Sunday over private letter – Meghan Markle accuses paper of misleading readers by strategically omitting paragraphs, sentences and specific words
‘Lie after lie’. ‘It is bullying’ – Harry
Prince Harry said he and Meghan were forced to take action against “relentless propaganda”
Duke and Duchess of Sussex sued British newspaper, Mail on Sunday over publication of private letter
The Sussexes filed claim against the paper and its parent company, over the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018
‘There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious,’ the Duke said in a statement
“Positive” coverage of [their], current tour of Africa had exposed the “double standards” of “this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months”, Harry said [photo] The Duchess of Sussex arrives to visit the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Tuesday morning
The Duchess of Sussex has begun legal action against the Mail on Sunday over a claim that it unlawfully published one of her private letters.
In a statement, the Duke of Sussex said he and Meghan were forced to take action against “relentless propaganda”.
Prince Harry said: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Law firm Schillings, acting for the duchess, accused the paper of a campaign of false, derogatory stories.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” said the Duke, seen here with the Duchess of Sussex riding by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Color, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8 in London
The firm has filed a High Court claim against the paper and its parent company, over the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
In a lengthy personal statement on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official website, Prince Harry said the “painful” impact of intrusive media coverage had driven the couple to take action.
Referring to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, he said his “deepest fear is history repeating itself”.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said.
The legal proceedings are being funded privately by the couple and any proceeds will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.
In his statement, Prince Harry said he and Meghan believed in “media freedom and objective, truthful reporting” as a “cornerstone of democracy”.
But he said his wife had become “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son”.
Prince Harry said: “There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”
The Duchess was greeted by an 8-year-old girl when she arrived to speak to girls at Action Aid in Johannesburg, SA, about the issue of gender-based violence, on Tuesday
‘Nothing but ‘positive coverage’ of the tour belies the paper’s smear campaign – Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu on their current Africa tour
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex present baby Archie to his great-grandmother, Her Royal Majesty, The Queen
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend “The Lion King” European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, in London, England
He said “positive” coverage of the couple’s current tour of Africa had exposed the “double standards” of “this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months”.
“They have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave,” he said.
“She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”
The duke said he had been a “silent witness to her private suffering for too long”.
“To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in,” he said.
He accused the paper of misleading readers when it published the private letter, by strategically omitting paragraphs, sentences and specific words “to mask the lies they had perpetrated for over a year”.
“Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level,” he said.
“We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”
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