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Firstly, because the duchess "had chosen to plead that a number of allegations in the articles, reflecting Mr Markle's version of events, are false", and secondly, that Mr Markle's right to freedom of expression under human rights laws "require consideration so that "his reasons for bringing the letter to the paper and seeking to have it published" are of importance".

Her lawyers argue that despite external collaboration, there was no discussion about the letter being used as part of a "media strategy" to enhance her image.

Meghan Markle, who is fighting a privacy case against news website the Mail who published parts of her father's private letter in 2019, has now revealed to the court that she sought guidance from two senior royals.

The pair, who stepped down as senior members of the royal family officially in March, were accused by some of using the event as a "PR stunt".

They continued to say that due to the "terrible amount" of stress Meghan endured during her pregnancy, it's completely understandable why the couple would choose to keep their second pregnancy a secret if the rumors are true.

Meghan created a draft on her iPhone over several weeks, sharing it with Harry and her "trusted" Communications Secretary Jason Knauf, who gave general feedback but no actual wording, the document said.


"It was a private letter written and sent by the claimant to her father, on the advice of senior members of the royal family, in an attempt to protect her family, including her new family members, from further media intrusion and embarrassment to the institution".

Markle, an American actress and star of TV legal drama Suits, married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

Meghan is now in a court battle with the Associated Newspapers Limited (the Mail) for publishing parts of that letter, and she claims her privacy was violated. They recently bought a house in Santa Barbara, California. "The lawyers insist though, "[Meghan] does not know to what extent or in what terms this one item of information concerning her communications with her father was shared with the authors".

The duchess' lawyers say neither she nor Harry collaborated with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

Meghan Markle has revealed the extent of her role in the creation of unauthorized biography "Finding Freedom". The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should be kept confidential.

Last month, High Court judge Mark Warby agreed to a request by Meghan to postpone the trial of the case by about nine months, from January until fall 2021.

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