Prince Harry sues British tabloid for 'ruthless' treatment of wife Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry can no longer stand by as British tabloids attack his wife Meghan Markle. He released a statement on Tuesday, October 1, saying that although he and Meghan have "continued to put on a brave face" the "relentless propaganda" has caused them both much private pain. He went on to say that since they have been "unable to correct the continual misrepresentations" the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are taking legal action and suing.

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The thing is that they can't sue all British tabloids, so they are focusing on suing Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, because it published a letter Meghan wrote to her father. Even though that letter was meant to be private, Mail on Sunday published it anyway.

The straw that broke the camel's back.

So many awful things have been written about the Duchess of Sussex that it makes you wonder why the couple is taking legal action now. Well, it's because of one specific incident.

Harry explained, "This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media. The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question. In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year."

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What's so awful about having the letter published?

To begin with it is a private letter and the person who wrote the letter, Meghan, owns the copyright. She never gave Mail on Sunday permission to publish it. Then, not only did the paper publish it, the media outlet allegedly manipulated it by leaving out parts to serve their purposes.

A legal spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex said: "We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband. Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda.”

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Prince Harry is afraid that history will repeat itself.

Let's not forget that Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, died in a crash as her driver was trying to get away from paparazzi. Harry was only 12 years old when his mother died. 

In the statement he released, he made it abundantly clear that what happened to his mother is a big part of why he feels he has to take legal action. He said, "Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

Can you blame Prince Harry for being protective?

No, absolutely not! As a new father, we're sure he wants to do everything in his power to protect the mother of his child. It's a tough battle to fight, but one worth fighting.

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Who is paying for the lawsuit and what happens if the royal couple wins?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are paying for the case out of their own pockets. If they win money for damages, the proceeds will be donated to an anti-bullying charity. Seems like the perfect thing to do. We wish them well.

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