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The Meghan and The Harry are getting settled nicely in their new, temporary abode in Lalaland but across the pond, though they’ve bowed out of senior royal duties and chunked the deuce to The Firm, a legal case involving the couple is just getting started. If you’ve been following along with Royal brouhaha, you’ll remember that as soon as Harry and Meghan announced their engagement back in 2017 it was all eyes on them, even more than when they were dating. Then her dad, who was living in Mexico at the time and was supposed to walk her down the aisle, staged a few pap photos and suffered a heart attack days to the May 2018 wedding. When Thomas Markle was trying to explain his side of the story to the press, he shared text messages between himself and Meghan and Harry with Mail on Sunday; this is the basis of the aforementioned case. Meghan is suing, “alleging invasion of privacy, breach of copyright and misuse of personal data over the publication of excerpts of a letter to her father about his treatment of her.
The revelations of the text message exchanges came out as new documents submitted by Meghan’s legal team to the Royal Courts of Justice for the High Court, in the case between Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the Associated Newspapers. For its part in lawsuit, The Mail on Sunday argues that as a member of the royal family the Duchess did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy and that that there was no agreement with Thomas Markle that the letter should remain private.
Meghan and Harry’s pleas to Thomas leading up to their nuptials, which aired out the family drama bubbling over before the ceremony could be seen in the texts . Prince Harry texted Meghan’s father 5 days before the wedding and 2 days after Thomas was caught staging photos with the paparazzi, saying … “Tom, it’s Harry and I’m going to call you right now. Please pick up, thank you.”
In one message Prince Harry says; “U do not need to apologize (sic), we understand the circumstances but going public will only make the situation worse. “If u love Meg and want to make it right please call me as there are two other options which don’t involve u having to speak to the media, who incidentally created this whole situation. So please call me so I can explain. Meg and I are not angry, we just need to speak to u. Thanks.”
“Oh any speaking to the press WILL backfire, trust me Tom. Only we can help u, as we have been trying from day 1.”
In another Meghan says; ‘Very concerned about your health and safety’.
The submitted documents also reveal texts Meghan sent to her father in May 2018, asking which hospital he was being treated for a heart attack and offering him protection. “I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts… Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don’t respond…Do you need help? Can we send the security team down again? I’m very sorry to hear you’re in the hospital but need you to please get in touch with us… What hospital are you at?”
From Meghan: “‘Harry and I made a decision earlier today and are dispatching the same security guys you turned away this weekend to be a presence on the ground to make sure you’re safe… they will be there at your disposal as soon as you need them. Please please call as soon as you can.. all of this is incredibly concerning but your health is most important’.
Meghan’s legal team also argue that “Mr Markle did not answer truthfully when asked about the photographs taken and staged by a paparazzo photographer… ‘Despite discovering that he had not told her the truth, with all the distress this caused her, the Claimant [Duchess of Sussex] was still focused on finding a way for him to travel to London safely [for her wedding], and the Claimant [Duchess of Sussex] tried to reassure her father that there was no ill feeling between them.’
Meghan and Harry also sent notice to four British tabloids: The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Express letting them know they will no longer engage with or respond to journalists from these newspapers, their online editions, or their Sunday editions, telling them they no longer wish to “offer themselves up as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion.” Since they are no longer receiving public funding, they do not have to associate with publications on the royal rota — a circulation of British newspapers that report and attend royal family engagements.
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