LONDON | Meghan, the wife of prince Harry, is thought to have been left “defenseless” by the british monarchy and “forbidden to defend themselves,” when, pregnant, she was attacked in the tabloids the british, according to legal documents cited by the uk media.
These documents have been filed with the High Court in London as part of a lawsuit filed by the ex-american actress of 38 years at Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail and its version of Sunday Mail on Sunday.
She reproaches the latter for having reached her privacy by publishing extracts of a letter addressed to his father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
She is accused also of having “acted dishonestly” by changing his missive, a charge rejected by the High Court in London in a partial decision rendered in early may.
The documents, cited by the BBC and the agency Press Association, make reference to an interview given anonymously by five close friends of Meghan in the magazine of the american People in February of 2019, in which they denounced the attacks that were aimed. An article in which she was not involved, they say.
Meghan Markle “had become the subject of a large number of articles that are false and damaging in the tabloids the british, particularly the defendant, which caused him immense emotional distress and impaired mental health”, they say.
“His friends had never before seen him in such a state before, and they were rightly concerned for his well-being, particularly because she was pregnant, left defenceless by the institution and forbidden to defend itself,” they add.
The documents also claim that the wedding highly publicized in may 2018 Meghan with prince Harry, 35 years old, grandson of queen Elizabeth II, has generated more than a billion pounds of benefits.
This case is a legal action separate from the complaint of prince Harry, the sixth in the order of succession to the british throne, against other media groups, which he accused of intercepting private voice mail messages.
Now settled in California with his wife, the prince has denounced on multiple occasions the pressure of the media on his marriage and has made it the main reason of its indentation of the royal family, announced in January and effective since the beginning of April.