Ahead of her interview with Oprah Winfrey being aired, a judge has ordered that Duchess Meghan will receive a front-page apology from the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.
As reported by People, a judge ruled that Associated Newspapers, which owns the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, must apologize to the Duchess of Sussex for printing a personal letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle. Last month, Meghan won her High Court lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, after the duchess’s lawyers argued that the tabloid’s decision to publish a private letter was a breach of copyright, as well as misuse of private information.
Judge Mark Warby revealed in legal papers released this week, via People, “The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online.” The apology must state that “Associated Newspapers infringed [Meghan’s] copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and in Mail Online.”
Upon winning the case, Duchess Meghan said in a statement at the time, “After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanizing practices. These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence. For these outlets, it’s a game. For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”