After a legal battle that lasted years, the Duchess of Sussex received a print apology from Mail Online publishers on Sunday.
Per Deadline, the London High Court ordered the U.K. tabloid to print an apology on the front page of The Mail for breaching Markle’s privacy in February 2019 by printing parts of a five-page letter she wrote to her father shortly after her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
- “Following a hearing on 19-20 January 2021, and a further hearing on 5 May 2021, the Court has given judgment for The Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement,” the apology read.
- “The Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and in Mail Online.”
In addition to the printed apology on the publisher's website, Markle will also be compensated nearly $1.7 million, 90% of her legal fees in the court battle.
After the ruling, the Duchess of Sussex said, “this is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right,” per Complex.
She continued, “While this win is precedent-setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”