Meghan Markle ‘agrees to pay more than £67,000 after losing first legal battle round’ over reproduced letter sent to father Thomas Markle

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Meghan Markle has reportedly agreed to pay more than £67,000 in legal costs to the publisher of Mail on Sunday after losing her first round of her legal battle against the publisher.

The 38 year old Duchess is suing Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) – which publishes the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline – for writing and sharing an article in February 2019 which reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, who she has had an estranged relationship with since marrying Prince Harry, 34.

However, in May, the High Court's Mr Justice Warby struck out specific parts of Meghan's claim, including one where she accused the newspaper of "deliberately stirring up" issues between her and her 76 year old dad.

Since then, the royal, who was reportedly invited to Brooklyn Beckham's wedding to Nicola Peltz, has allegedly given a written submission on July 22, which shows she has agreed to pay the publisher's costs for the strike-out hearing in full.


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She is said to have agreed to pay a total of £67,888 to the publisher in wake of losing the first round of her legal battle against them.

It comes as it was recently reported that Meghan claimed she was "unprotected" by the royal family during her pregnancy with son Archie.

Prince Harry's wife is said to have made the statement in a set of court documents in her case against Associated Newspaper titles, which were submitted on her behalf.

In the submissions, it’s reported Meghan said she had “become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles in UK newspapers, specifically by Associated Newspapers titles, which caused ‘tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health’.”

It’s been reported by The Sun Online that Meghan’s friends were “rightly concerned for her welfare when pregnant” because she was unable to defend herself.

The official papers also explosively hit out at the royal family as they added: “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”


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It’s understood Meghan felt “tremendous emotional distress” by the media coverage and her friends felt “silenced” by Kensington Palace as they were unable to speak out to defend her.

Meghan, whose dad reportedly said he "doesn't appreciate what she's become", is also said to have denied saying she felt “victimised” by her father in the personal note to him, the documents state.

The official court documents are said to also reveal five friends, labelled as A, B, C, D and E in the papers, who gave interviews to People Magazine about the letter – who cannot be named.

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It means the pals, who were previously described by People Magazine as “Meghan’s inner circle – a longtime friend, a former co-star, a friend from LA, a one-time colleague and a close confidante,” could be called to testify at a trial.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan has also reportedly denied giving her pals permission to speak out in her defence to the magazine and it is said she learned of the article shortly before it was published but did not know it would appear in People or its contents.

It has also been claimed that Meghan’s father only came forward with the letter to show it did not include some of the so-called tender sentiments that had been mentioned by her friends.

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