Meghan allowed to keep friends' identities secret


MEGHAN MARKLE has won the right to protect the identities of five of her friends who were interviewed anonymously by People magazine.

Meghan is suing the publisher and the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online over the publication of extracts of a "private and confidential" letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle.

Meghan's request to keep her friends' names out of the press has been granted by the judge handling her case. "This is an interim decision", he noted.

"I have concluded that for the time being at least the court should grant the claimant the orders she seeks, the effect of which will be to confer protection on the sources' identities", said Justice Mark Warby in a ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton shared the post along with a photo of Meghan greeting a young royal fan at an official event before her resignation as a senior member of the British Royal Family in January 2020.

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Mr Justice Warby said there was also evidence the Daily Mail had written stories about the case based on documents that had not yet been filed to the court.

ANL maintains that it was the five friends who were responsible for bringing the letter into the public domain when it was referred to in the People article, and that she was aware of it.

Markle is seeking damages from ANL for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the UK Data Protection Act. She says naming them would pose a threat to their "emotional and mental wellbeing". The case will proceed to trial at a later date.

Britain's royal family wished happy birthday to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry, via Twitter on Tuesday in a show of friendliness after a rocky period that saw the couple move to the United States. Even though her and Harry live over in LA (and are no longer working royals), they've still be showing due care and attention to organisations striving for change, such as the time they recently surprised staff at Homeboy Industries - and Meghan spoke in near-perfect Spanish.

"Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!" the message read.