The father of Meghan Markle may be prepared to testify against her in her own legal battle with the Mail on Sunday.
Reports emerge revealing that Thomas Markle could form a part of the newspapers defence. Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers have been accused of unlawfully publishing a handwritten note from the Duchess of Sussex to her father from August 2018.
The newspaper are set to argue the justification of their actions, due to there being ‘huge and legitimate’ public interest in the ‘personal relationships’ of members of the Royal Family.
Legal documents that have emerged showcase that the Mail on Sunday newspaper will use evidence from Thomas Markle, stating that he “had a weighty right to tell his version of what had happened between himself and his daughter including the contents of the letter.”
In contrast, lawyers for Meghan allege misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 in publishing the letter.
If the case does go to trial, it is likely that the Markle pair will have no option but to face each other in court.
When the Mail on Sunday originally published the letter in October, Prince Harry shared that the alleged unlawful publication of the letter was done to “manipulate” readers in an “intentionally destructive manner.”
The Mail on Sunday said it would stand by the story and has denied editing the letter’s content in order to alter its meaning.