Judge rules in favor of Duchess Meghan in tabloid lawsuit

The identities of five of Meghan's friends can be kept anonymous after they defended her in an interview following publication in the Daily Mail of a letter she wrote to her father.
3:06 | 08/05/20

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We have royal news and the victory of Meghan Markel and deb Roberts joins us. Good morning, deb. Yeah. It happened a day after Meghan Markle's 39th birthday and she got a gift of sorts from the British courts. For now her five closest friends can retain their privacy. Though thousands of miles away, Meghan Markle is savoring a victory this morning in the battle against Britain's tabloids. The judge siding with the duchess ruling the name of the women of being an essential part of the inner circle cannot be released to the public for the time being. The friends defending Markle in a "People" magazine article in the duchess felt it was necessary to take this step to try and protect her friends. We are happy that the judge has agreed to protect these five individuals. This is a big victory for Meghan. She fought really hard to keep these women's names a secret. Having felt the full force of the spotlight feels that she was unfairly treated and it was important for her to protect her friends in this way. Attempting to block "The mail." They see this as a fight against media intrusion in The paper arguing the names should be made public, calling them important potential witnesses in a witness statement Markle writing, these five women are not on trial and nor am I. The publisher of the mail on Sunday is the one on trial. It is the publisher that is acting unlawfully and is attempting to evade accountability to create a circus and distract from the point of this case. Prince Harry and Meghan have battled the associated newspapers for nearly a year, alleging that the publication was on a campaign to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about the couple and committed copyright infringement and a breach of privacy. After printing a letter the duchess sent to her father after missing the wedding. However, earlier on the judge ruled that this case was going to be heard on copyright and privacy and wide ranging claims were not allowed to be a part of it. The two have had a wrought relationship with the press. Prince Harry opening up about the pain he feeling over the death of his mother princess Diana. I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect. Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that's not me being paranoid. That's just me not wanting a repeat of the past. The associated newspapers have declined to comment on this ruling so far, but it's important to note that it is only temporary. The judge made it very clear that the identities of these women could surface later if this thing goes on to trial, if there's evidence and they're called to testify. No trial date set yet so this story is far from over.

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