With the new court documents filed, it is looking more and more like the alliterate former actress is going to be writing a very large check to the people she sued.
The sooner she can settle, the less she will have to pay.
The vast majority of the time, if there is a settlement, the person who sued gets the money.
In this case, it will be the opposite, but people just glancing to see she sued and that it was settled, will assume she won.
She knows this.
Meghan Markle Probably Won’t Have to Face Her Father In Court After All
Meghan Markle will likely still have to appear in court as part of her ongoing lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, but now she almost certainly won’t have to come face-to-face with her father in the process. In a written statement made public on Wednesday, Judge Mark Warby ruled that there is no need for Thomas Markle to be called to give evidence in the case, because he is not “an important witness.”
“It was not immediately obvious to me why he was considered to be important,” Warby said. “It is not suggested that Mr Markle’s evidence … is an essential component of the defence case.” Warby said there was “no apparent impediment” to the paper’s lawyers taking a deposition or other form of independently recorded statement from Markle in advance, or to his giving evidence by video-link if not well enough to travel.
The decision will be a set-back for Associated Newspapers, who planned to call Markle as their star witness. Markle, who is in frail health, said he would fly to London to give evidence against his daughter and was apparently upset when the case was adjourned because he is worried about his ailing health and that he might not be able to travel to the UK next fall, when the court case is now due to take place.
Markle was to be a key witness for Associated Newspapers, parent company of the Mail on Sunday, who claim Markle asked them to publish extracts from a letter that Duchess Meghan wrote to him ahead of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. The goal, they said, was to set the record straight after some of the Duchess’s friends disclosed details about the letter in a magazine feature for People about the Duchess and her relationship with her father.
Meghan’s friends claimed the letter, which the Mail on Sunday published early last year, was an attempt to repair her relationship with her father, while the newspaper says it was aimed at “admonishing” him.
Today’s news is a triumph for Meghan, who was apparently dreading coming face to face with her estranged father who she has not seen since before her wedding. Markle has never met Prince Harry or his grandson, Archie.
“She wants a line drawn in all of this,” said a source close to the Sussexes. “It has gone on for too long and has become a case very far removed from the original legal action filed by the Duchess.”
Meghan has been dealt a series of blows in what has become a convoluted, complicated, and eppensive court case. The Duchess lost a pre-trial hearing last May, when the judge threw out her claims that the publisher had acted dishonestly and had dug up or stirred conflict between her and her father Thomas Markle. Meghan was successful, however, in protecting the anonymity of the five friends who spoke to People, and in getting the case adjourned until next year because of a “confidential reason.” – Source
Meghan Markle admits giving personal information to ‘Finding Freedom’ authors
Meghan Markle has reportedly admitted to giving personal information to the authors of “Finding Freedom,” the tell-all book detailing her and Prince Harry’s exit from the British royal family.
Markle spilled her own tea to authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie in order to ensure her side of the story was included, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
According to docs lodged with the High Court, Markle revealed that she was worried “her father’s narrative” about her — including that she had allegedly abandoned him— might be included in the book. Therefore, she presented her own version of events to a source to pass along so “the true position…could be communicated to the authors to prevent any further misrepresentation,” the Telegraph reported. – Source
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