In October earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would be suing British newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, after the outlet published a handwritten letter Meghan sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Now, the Duchess of Sussex is personally taking action against a variety of false tabloid stories concerning her private life, including her relationship with her father and her baby shower.
According to new court documents recently filed by her lawyers, Meghan's case against Associated Newspapers states that the "private and confidential" letter from the Duchess to her father was written at a "time of great personal anguish and distress". The Duchess' lawyers claim the letter was "obviously private correspondence," detailing her "intimate thoughts and feelings about her father’s health and her relationship with him at the time". The documents were filed last week on Monday 11 November.
Meghan's legal team also observed that the publications "chose to deliberately omit or suppress" parts of the private letter, meaning that they had "intentionally distorted or manipulated" its context.
In an official statement, the Duchess' lawyers have said, "The claimant intended the detailed contents of the letter to be private, and certainly did not expect them to be published to the world at large by a national newspaper, and without any warning."
Her legal team explained, "The claimant’s mother was of course invited, and the claimant also offered to buy her airline tickets. However, her mother was unable to attend due to work commitments."