Lawyers acting for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have accused British tabloid newspaper reporters of “manipulating” and “exploiting” her father, it emerged at a remote court hearing in the U.K.
A preliminary hearing in Meghan’s case against the Mail on Sunday’s publisher, Associated Newspapers, who she is suing over the publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her father, Thomas Markle, was held at Britain’s High Court on Friday, despite COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Legal representatives dialled in to the hearing, while the judge, Mr Justice Warby, is at the High Court, according to The Guardian.
In opening submissions, lawyers for the publisher sought to strike out parts of the actress turned royal’s complaint, including allegations of, “harassing, humiliating, manipulating and exploiting,” Thomas Markle, who is described as “vulnerable” by her lawyers.
The publisher’s barrister said the accusations, “appear to have been put on to the record without the claimant (Meghan) having contacted her father to see if he agrees with them.”
After the hearing, Justice Warby will deliver a written judgment on a later date ahead of a trial – whose date has not been set.
Thomas Markle, 75, who did not attend Meghan’s May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry after he suffered a heart attack shortly after it emerged that he had staged paparazzi photographs in the run-up to the event, has claimed he felt pressured to share the contents of the letter at the centre of the case after it was referred to in a People magazine article.