On Friday morning, the first court hearing in the case was held online by London’s High Court due to the Coronavirus.
According to NBC News, Meghan and Prince Harry woke up at 4 a.m. at their Los Angeles-area home to remotely join part of the hearing. Meghan’s arguments, however, were set out by her legal counsel who specializes in privacy, confidentiality and defamation cases.
Meghan’s attorney David Sherborne said the court “has to decide whether the public were being deliberately misled” by the Mail on Sunday only publishing parts of the letter, rather than the whole letter.
He went on to argue that the way by which the letter’s contents were published were “dishonest” as the omitted parts of the letter did not fit the publication’s narrative.
For those not up to date, the Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers, the publisher of Britain’s Mail on Sunday, for breaching her privacy by printing parts of a letter she wrote to her father around her 2018 wedding.
Chris Jackson/Getty Images
According to NBC News, Meghan’s lawyers believe Thomas was “exploited” and “harassed” by the press.
In fact, Meghan’s attorney claims the press “finally manipulated this vulnerable man into giving interviews.” Meghan’s legal team is seeking damages for misuse of private information and breach of her copyright.
The policy is “not about avoiding criticism” or “about shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting.” Instead, “Media have every right to report on and indeed have an opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on a lie.”