The case is aimed at a UK tabloid newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers. This is due to the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018. The lawsuit follows the publication of a handwritten letter written by the Duchess of Sussex to her father, Thomas Markle, that was seen as a violation of her privacy.
The legal action is a continuation of the Duke and Duchess’s stance against what they view as harassment by the media. The couple recently stepped down from their roles as senior royals to seek financial and personal independence. They have stated that they will continue to work with the media, but that they will not tolerate the exploitation of their personal lives.
Sir Elton John has been a vocal supporter of the Duke and Duchess, and the recent legal action is seen as a show of solidarity. He has previously spoken out against the “relentless and untrue assassinations” of Harry and Meghan’s character, and has criticised the media for its treatment of the couple.
The Mail on Sunday has stated that it stands by its reporting, and that it will defend itself against the claims made by the Duke and other claimants. The tabloid has been the subject of criticism in the past for its coverage of the royal family, and has been accused of using intrusive and unethical methods to obtain information.
The legal action taken by the Duke and other claimants is seen as a significant step in the fight against media intrusion and exploitation of personal information. It is unclear how the case will proceed, but it is likely that it will result in further debate over the role of the media in the lives of public figures.