Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been public enemy number one for certain media outlets since the moment that they got engaged. No one really knows what it was that made them become so disliked and the center of such criticism, but regardless of what the reasoning is, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had enough.
A few weeks ago, Prince Harry announced that he and Markle were suing the parent company of Mail on Sunday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lawsuit
Prince Harry announced the suit in an open letter.
“As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting,” he wrote. “We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more.”
“Unfortunately, my wife has 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.”
“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,” he continued. “Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip-paper.”
Because these stories continued to persist, Harry decided to take legal action.
“It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making. The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes 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. 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.”
What is Prince Harry suing for?
This lawsuit, in particular, stems from a letter that the media company published.
“This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media,” the statement read. “The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question. In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year.”
The one thing that could help Markle and Harry win
The Mail on Sunday has denied that any portion of the letter was changed as Prince Harry claims.
Markle also reportedly kept a copy of the letter in question that she sent to her father Thomas Markle.
According to court filings obtained by the Guardian, Markle has a complete record of the letter she sent to her father. Her lawyers claim that the letter was, in fact, edited and paragraphs were removed to paint a certain picture.
This new evidence could completely turn the case in Markle and Harry’s favor.