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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Suing a Tabloid Over a Letter to Her Dad

The couple is taking legal action in the face of a "ruthless campaign" of "relentless propaganda."


No one on the planet is more aware of the toll media attention can take than Prince Harry, who of course lost his mother in a car crash presaged by a paparazzi pursuit.

With that in mind, the prince is striking back at a British tabloid that published a handwritten, private letter from his wife, Meghan Markle, to her estranged father. Furthermore, he alleges that the Mail on Sunday “purposely misled” its readers “by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year.”

The royal couple filed a claim in High Court against the tabloid with specific accusations of misusing private information, infringing copyright, and violating the Data Protection Act of 2018.

Harry posted a lengthy statement explaining why he and Meghan are pursuing this course of action.

“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.”

Harry goes on to describe the toll that what he calls “false and malicious” coverage has taken on his family, and the strain of putting on a brave face as Meghan, out of the public eye on maternity leave, left a vacuum that would be filled by “lie after lie.”

“I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long,” he wrote. “To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”

For its part, a spokesman for the tabloid said: “We categorically deny that the duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”

The lawsuit is being privately funded by the couple, who have promised to donate any proceeds should they prevail to charity.