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Meghan Markle

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has received her court-mandated public apology and payout from The Mail.

The newspaper group on Sunday printed a statement on its front page acknowledging the Duchess’s win and a notice that “financial remedies have been agreed.”

The statement printed along the bottom of the Mail on Sunday’s front page on Boxing Day says: “The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online – SEE PAGE 3.”

On page three, under the heading “The Duchess of Sussex,” it says: “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 Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and on Mail Online.”

Meghan had sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publishers of Mail Online, after they published five articles part of the “personal and private” letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.

The Duchess won the case after a High Court judge ruled in her favour without a full trial early in the year.

However, ANL appealed the ruling, arguing at a three-day hearing in November that the case goes to trial on Meghan’s claims against the publisher – including breach of privacy and copyright.

The defendant’s lawyers argued that new evidence from Jason Knauf, former communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, suggested Meghan wrote the letter with the understanding that it could be leaked.

However, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal this month.

The publisher was compelled to print a statement on the front page of the Mail On Sunday and a notice on page three of the publication in March, claiming that publishing sections of the letter to Mr. Markle “infringed her copyright.