by Oreoritse Tariemi
November 11, 2021 | 11:34 am
In the autobiography, Meghan Markle has apologized to a British court for her earlier denials of involvement in a favorable autobiography of her short stint as British Queen. The apology was included in the Associated Newspapers’ appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that he had violated the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing parts of a letter…
Meghan Markle has apologized in a British court for previously denying her involvement in a favorable autobiography of her short stint as British Queen.
This apology was included in the Associated Newspapers’ appeal against the Supreme Court’s ruling that he had violated the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her father.
On appeal, the British newspaper group that publishes Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and MailOnline noted that it wrote the letter knowing it was likely to be leaked despite claiming otherwise.
Using testimony from its former communications advisor Jason Knauf, the publisher is seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that the publication was “manifestly excessive and…unlawful.”
In the London Court of Appeal case, the publishers said Knauf provided information to the authors of the bio, “Finding Freedom”.
Meghan and Harry, who left royal life last year and moved to the United States, blaming media interference for their decision, have previously claimed they were not directly involved in the book.
However, in a witness statement, Knauf said the bestselling book was “discussed on a routine basis” and “directly with the Duchess several times in person and via email”.
He also revealed that she also gave him brief points about her life to share with the authors, Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand.
In his statement to the court, Knauf said Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, had also been emailed, with Harry asking him to ensure there was reasonable deniability. Harry was said to have asked the aide to provide “appropriate context and background” which he said would “help get some facts out there”, and he is said to have told the aide.
In a witness statement published on Wednesday, Meghan Markle apologized for misleading the court about whether she provided Knauf details to pass on to biographers.
“I accept that Mr. Knauf provided certain information to the authors for the sake of the book and that he did so with my knowledge, for the meeting which he had planned to have with the authors in his capacity of communications secretary,” she said.
“The extent of the information he shared is unknown to me.
“When I agreed to the clip… I did not benefit from seeing these emails, and I apologize to the court for the fact that I did not remember these exchanged at the time.
“I had absolutely no desire or intent to mislead the defendant or the court.”
While a decision on the privacy ruling’s appeal is expected at a later date, British newspapers have given prominence to the former TV actress, saying she is sorry.
The sun carried a front-page cartoon of Meghan’s head superimposed on a little Miss figure called “Little Miss Forgetful”.
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