On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were taking legal action against several news outlets after “relentless propaganda” towards Meghan Markle.
In the statement, Harry accused the British tabloids of creating false stories regarding his wife while on maternity leave. He also alleged that the media published a private letter of Meghan’s and purposely manipulated the document’s contents to misrepresent readers.
A legal spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex stated on Friday that legal proceedings have begun against the Daily Mail and Associated Newspapers. The Royals are looking for redress based on breach of privacy, infringement of copyright, and the misuse of information. Renowned law firm Schillings International, LLP is litigating the case on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex, and and the claim has been filed in the UK High Court.
The effects of British tabloids on the Royals’ personal lives has long been an aspect in Harry’s life. He stated that his concern for the safety of his wife stems from the treatment his mother Princess Diana faced from tabloids before her death.
Harry wrote, “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,” and, “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”