Judge Rules in Favor of Meghan Markle in Tabloid Lawsuit

Good Morning America

It’s not easy being famous, is it? Chances are, you’ve seen yourself on the cover of a tabloid with a completely fabricated headline.

The only thing that’s worse than fake news? Real news with real names—news that should’ve remained private and not for the world to see.

Unfortunately, that kind of thing happens to many celebrities. And in February 2019, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle had to endure it too. She had five articles that were published with excerpts from a private letter she sent to her now-estranged father, Thomas Markle.

As a result, she is suing Associated Newspapers, the parent company of The Mail on Sunday (the Sunday edition of the Daily Mail), which is the site that published the letter. The formal case includes suing for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act.

It turns out she had every right to sue because it has just been announced that a British judge has ruled in favor of Meghan. Wahoo!

Now, Meghan feels relief that she’s able to keep the identities of five of her friends anonymous after they defended her in an interview following the publication.

“The Duchess felt it was necessary to take this step to try and protect her friends — as any of us would — and we’re glad this was clear,” a spokesperson for Meghan and her husband Prince Harry told ABC News in reaction to the judge’s ruling. “We are happy that the Judge has agreed to protect these five individuals.”

To hear more details on the ruling and case, check out the video below.

Have you ever had someone share a secret to see that you never intended on the world knowing? What do you think of this lawsuit? Would you have sued if you were Meghan?