Fears Meghan Markle’s privacy trial would be ‘deeply uncomfortable’ for royals
Royal aides hope Meghan Markle’s privacy trial won’t go ahead as it would be “traumatic” for her and Prince Harry, according to reports.
They fear it would also be “deeply uncomfortable” for the institution, it is claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers after the Mail on Sunday published extracts of a letter she sent to her dad, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.
Her lawyers are due to argue at the High Court for a summary judgment so a full-on trial with witnesses can be avoided.
They will claim the judge, Mr Justice Warby, does not need to hear witnesses or look at further evidence about her privacy rights being breached, the Sunday Times reported.
If he accepts the arguments, the case will be closed.
But if not, it means there is the prospect of a public trial involving Meghan and her dad, where royal staff could be called to give evidence.
It could also reportedly see her husband Prince Harry, 36, come face to face with his father-in-law Thomas Markle for the first time.
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A royal source told the Sunday Times: “A trial would be traumatic for Meghan and Harry, it will expose palace operations, members of staff would be dragged into it on the witness stands … it would be deeply uncomfortable for the institution.”
And one royal aide expressed the hope Meghan will find a way to drop her suit to protect the Firm and her dad, according to the newspaper.
Associated Newspapers has said it will defend its actions.
Last September, the High Court ruled the paper can use Finding Freedom, a biography about the royal couple, in its defence.
Lawyers for the Mail alleged Meghan "breached her own privacy” because she permitted details about her life to be provided to the authors.
But lawyers for the Sussexes denied they had collaborated with the authors
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