Meghan Markle Apologises For Misleading UK Court Over Book Discussions
Last Thursday, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, apologised to a UK court for cooperating with the authors of an unauthorised biography about her and Prince Harry, adding that she had "no intention to mislead" the court amidst her legal battle with a British newspaper.
Markle is currently embroiled in a legal proceeding over a newspaper’s publication of portions of a letter she wrote to her estranged father after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
Having previously denied collaborating with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand on their book Finding Freedom on several occasions, Markle turned the tables with her apology in a witness statement that was made public last Wednesday after a former aide reportedly admitted to the court that he did provide information to the authors.
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Back in February this year, Markle won her privacy claim against the publisher ANL, and the judge ruled that "the disclosures were manifestly excessive and hence unlawful," and that there would be "no prospect that a different judgment would be reached after a trial."
However, the PA reported that ANL is challenging the ruling and said that a trial should take place.
In his own witness statement, the PA reported that Markle and Prince Harry's former communications secretary Jason Knauf said the book was "discussed on a routine basis" and "discussed directly with the duchess multiple times in person and over email."
Knauf revealed that Markle had provided several points to share with the authors during a potential meeting, which he also discussed with Prince Harry through email.
Prince Harry told the former aide in an email: "I totally agree that we have to be able to say we didn't have anything to do with it," the PA reported. "Equally, you giving the right context and background to them would help get some truths out there."
In Markle's own witness statement, she said: "I accept that Mr Knauf did provide some information to the authors for the book and that he did so with my knowledge, for a meeting that he planned for with the authors in his capacity as communications secretary. The extent of the information he shared is unknown to me."
"When I approved the passage... I did not have the benefit of seeing these emails and I apologise to the court for the fact that I had not remembered these exchanges at the time. I had absolutely no wish or intention to mislead the defendant or the court," she added.
Meghan also claimed that she was unaware of the emails between her and Knauf at the time of her previous statement because the litigation had not reached the disclosure stage, and her lawyers asked to adjourn the trial due to her being unwell in the first trimester of her third pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage a few months before.