The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are suing the Mail on Sunday

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Auwal Mosque in Cape Town

In the last 24 hours of their African tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an interesting announcement: they’re suing the Mail on Sunday, which is the Sunday edition of the Daily Mail. Because they can’t sue – I guess? – for the sustained and hateful smear campaign, they’re suing over one particular story: the February publication of Meghan’s letter to her father, Thomas Markle. The letter was from 2018, soon after Harry and Meghan’s wedding, in which Meghan detailed what her father could do to earn back her trust and be in her life. Thomas either sold the original letter or a copy of the letter to the MoS. Once again, Meghan’s chess game is on point: she arranged for her friends to speak to People Magazine, they revealed the existence of the letter, then Thomas sold the letter because he can’t stop selling out his daughter. Meghan played everybody, from her dad to the Mail on Sunday. Hahaha motherf–kers.

Just because Harry and Meghan can’t sue every British tabloids for all of their sh-tty reporting and smears, doesn’t mean they can’t issue a terse statement about it. Prince Harry authored this, and it’s yet another attempt by Harry to protect his wife. It works on a few levels too, because as we’ve seen time and time again… the smears are (partially) coming from inside the palace. Here’s Harry’s statement in full:

As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more. Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.

There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip-paper. Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations – something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making. The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour. For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start. I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.

This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media. The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question. In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year.

There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this. Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.

We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it.

[From The Sussexes’ Official site]

“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one.” That’s not a comment to the press, that’s a comment to Harry’s family. His grandmother and his father have probably told him that he and Meghan just need to keep calm and keep quiet about the smears. “My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” It’s unlike Diana’s situation in that Meghan is a woman of color and so much of the smear campaign is just flat-out racist. Anyway… props to the Sussexes, especially Meghan, for the masterstroke decision to use People Magazine to manipulate Thomas Markle into selling her letter, and then using that letter’s publication as the centerpiece of a lawsuit. BRAVA!

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the US Open Tennis

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I would like to start the day with a moment of levity. My husband (a lawyer) saw this headline last night and sent it to me on twitter, saying “who would file a lawsuit on a Sunday???”

    I had to explain the paper is called the Mail on Sunday.

  2. Beli says:

    GOOD FOR THEM!

    It’s sounding like there’s a very good chance they’ll win – Meghan owns the copyright to that letter and didn’t give consent for it to be published – and it also sounds like they have an excellent law firm on their side.

    A lot of people have been speaking out following Harry’s statement criticising the media for their appalling treatment of Meghan, so I hope the royal reporters realise that their power is waning.

    The world is watching.

    • mint says:

      Good for them for taking legal action but I doubt something will change. British tabloids are crazy,agressive and always out for blood. They have been doing this kind of “reporting” for decades and dont stop until they get what they want. Plus they have leverage over Buckingham Palace. If they stop harassing M+H, they can use all their time to dig up dirt on Prince Andrew.. And seeing for the last couple of months who is protected by BP, guess what the choice will be

      • MsIam says:

        It seemed to work for William. Remember Rose who?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I really miss “Rose Who”!

      • Lorelei says:

        @Mint I’m sorry to say I agree. I checked to see how some of the royal reporters were reacting, and they’re lashing out pretty nastily. It’s not surprising, although I guess I thought a lawsuit might make a difference.

        People like Hugh Grant and John Cleese have tweeted support of Harry and Meghan, and the usual suspects like Piers Morgan are behaving exactly as you’d expect.

        But the reporters themselves seem incredibly angry about not only the lawsuit but the timing, and some of Harry’s remarks. And super defensive. They don’t seem AT ALL chastened by any of this and I fear they’re just going to get worse.

        It’s all so sad.

    • Aang says:

      I know nothing of copyright law but it seems that mailing it to her dad transfers ownership to him? Like the actual use of mail is a legal transfer of ownership. Any lawyers that can comment?

      • Bobo2 says:

        It’s a bit complicated but: yes Thomas owns the letter, but Meghan owns the content of the letter. So even though Thomas owns the letter, he cannot publish it without Meghan’s consent. The copyright lay with the writer if the letter

      • aang says:

        Thank you. I’ve been trying to google the answer.

      • Harper says:

        Not a lawyer, but I deal with copyright a lot.

        The author retains copyright. The recipient owns the physical letter and can show the letter to whoever they want, but they can not make reproductions of it.

        If the mail had just reported on the contents, they would have (probably) been in the clear, but there’s a photo of the letter itself, which is the basis of the lawsuit.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Husband is a lawyer specializing in contractual law. The above comments are correct according to him. As Harper said, the author retains copyright and copyright is not conveyed during transfer of the written material.

      • Megan says:

        The Mail on Doomsday can brag all they want about how they are going to fight this, but we all know they will discretely settle because the copyright case is so straightforward. I hope H+M get a huge settlement.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Its been a topic of conversation in my office and everyone so far is behind Harry – they’ve all agreed that the tabloids ARE being racist towards her.

      The only people whining are the Fail bots and the pissy RR who are trying to bully them into giving them some sort of perceived special access.

      The Sussex’s have the support of the majority of normal sane minded people.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      What I want to know is just how damaging will this lawsuit be to the Fail on Sunday? Can M+H sue for a substantial amount of money or is it more likely to be in the slap on the wrist territory?

      Also, the Fail have come out swinging, saying they’ll be fighting this rigorously…….I can’t imagine that they weren’t thoroughly adviced on their legal exposure before they published the letter……so I wonder if there’s some sort of proviso they’ll be leaning on as justification for publishing.

      Lastly, I think this is absolutely the right way to go for the Sussexes. There’s only so much bullying one can take, before the fight back becomes inevitable.

      • Some chick says:

        “Fighting this vigorously” is a legal cliche – they all say that. What are they going to say? “ok, we will hand this off to the new intern. Thanks for the money!”

      • grumpy says:

        I imagine it’ll be covered by insurance. For her sake I hope she hasn’t collaborated with any press on any matter because it’ll all come out in court!

    • PrincessK says:

      I am very pleased that they are fighting back. I felt physically sick at the way the Daily Mail goaded and bullied Meghan throughout her pregnancy. I wrote four letters of complaint to the Daily Mail. This morning l went on LBC radio to defend the actions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Daily Mail is very powerful and dangerous and ignoring what they do will not help. More people should go on DM and let them know that the Sussexes have tremendous support and are widely loved.

      I was furious that Morgan, the chief Bully has taken up his pen to comment on this . He acts as though Meghan is his slave and he wants to micromanage everything she does. He has
      a very sick obsession.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        The DM poison is nothing compared with the comments section. When their baby was born, I saw two or three comments that HAD to go to the care of a Justice Court.
        I don’t even dare to say what I’ve read. Filth, really filth. Do you think it was deleted? NO!

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yes, BRAVO, Harry!

    • noway says:

      She actually filed a copyright for her letter? Not just it was written by her kind of copyright. I do feel bad for them, and I don’t understand the difference in British law, but curious why they would pick this one over some of the others. This isn’t a lie, and a lot of the other things are? Sure it’s an invasion of privacy, but there was so much more which are just outright lies. They might win, as I said I don’t know British law, but I can’t see what they gain. Copyright infringement just gets you money and the perpetrator a cease and desist letter, usually. Plus if she didn’t file or leave the copyright mark on the letter, you could run into the claim of once she sent it and the receiver sells or gives it to a media outlet they have no way of knowing they can’t publish it. Granted in this instance it would be good, but the precedent it sets for things written from others like corrupt leaders comes to mind where it could be bad. Lawyers generally don’t care about that they like to get paid. This is probably the easiest suit with British law which is my guess.

      The Sussexes may be trying to make them go out of business, like Gawker years ago, but I think this one will be harder to bring down-company is too big. It’s also not just one company who prints these kind of stories. Plus, keep in mind Gawker had Peter Theil backing with over 10 million dollars. In the US public figures are not given the same protection as non-public figures, but even here libel laws apply to public figures if the writer intentionally knew it was a lie and committed malice. I just would have liked them to go after one which was more a blatant lie. It would be more difficult to win, but it would nice to see them win that. This might set a weird precedent, and it is probably very expensive to do too. Cue it up that will be the next story. How much money this suit costs to do and how wasteful the Sussexes are?

      • Becks1 says:

        Re: the copyright, there are a few other comments that explain this pretty well, but she doesn’t have to “file a copyright.” She already owns the copyright just by writing the letter. That’s the purpose of suing over this instead of some of the other stories. It is a much stronger case. She owned the copyright, MoS violated that when they published it.

        And many lawyers (including me) do care about doing the right thing, but thanks for the random dig.

      • noway says:

        Sorry for the dig, I actually like lawyers. They’ve helped me personally a lot, but generally good lawyers are expensive. Not a dig just an observation, and I just paid a lawyers bill so maybe I was bit not nice.

        I see the copyright issue, it just seemed like someone was inferring she filed for it. Which she could have and that would have been kind of funny actually. Like she knew her father would sell it, and wanted the paper to prove it.

        I do feel better as another lawyer claimed the publication would probably have been okay if they did not publish the actual copy of the letter, just the contents. I don’t read that crap so I didn’t know. Cause as I said I don’t like the precedent. Corrupt business leaders writings can’t be published even contextually cause they own the copyright. Not sure that is good.

        I actually wish they had gone for the more libelous cases still. I thought Britain had stronger libel laws and it would be nice to win that. Yes it would have been harder, but I think this is mostly copyright and privacy, and I wish they had gotten them on something more. Seems a bit like getting Capone on mail fraud, and my fear is the punishment won’t be as great, probably just money and cease and desist letter.

    • Lucy De Blois says:

      I totally agree with Lorelei. I think the claim is weak based on the letter her father sold; if the letter was given to the press by… let’s say… someone else… maybe. Of course I know nothing of british laws. Just an opinion. And it will make the hunters ever more thirsty for blood. How dare a man who brought to the RF a bi-racial Duchess get mad because the tabloids are “telling the truth and uncovering the real Meghan”? Sad. Everything is very sad. I just hope the couple is strong enough to go through the storm.

  3. Sofia says:

    Good. And the firm representing them specifically deals with smear campaigns, copyright and media intrusion so they picked well.

    Any CB Lawyers want to tell us what the chances look like?

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      Apparently they have a strong case for copyright infringement. The other parts of the lawsuit with regard to causing them distress and invading their privacy are 50/50 because they are public figures.

    • Snazzy says:

      I came here to ask the same! I would love to hear what the CB lawyers have to say about it!

    • Bgirl says:

      Well, they might win this case, buuuuut, those stories are selling tooo good, they are a perfect distraction from brexit Drama, it‘s a bestselling soap opera that generates Million klicks in the internet, so they won‘t stop.

    • Mignionette says:

      From what I have read (so far) there are three legs to their action;

      1. Copyright

      - As someone stated above Meg holds the copyright to the letter.
      - Notable features of the letter being that it’s (1) on her personal headed paper, (2) addressed informally to ‘Daddy’ and (3) in her hand . It was clearly never intended for widespread or public dissemination . The Fail may argue that Toxic Tom was a recipient and therefore was free to share it. However the courts will need to decide ‘to what extent’. I wish them luck in finding a suitable precedent pre the 70 year limitation period….

      2. Public Interest

      - The Fail will argue public interest, however that is a MASSIVE STRETCH. This is not a case of war, criminality or some other constitutional crisis. This is a private family dispute and Meg should have the freedom to communicate with her father without the fear of that communication being intercepted and shared without her knowledge. To use an analogy, publishing that letter is akin to listening in/ recording her conversations which is ILLEGAL and we KNOW the Markles tried to arrange in 2018, hence why they and Piers Morgan were trying to get her to call her father.
      - Further for the public interest argument to work, there must be a legitimate public interest (as illustrated above) and the information must be HONESTLY presented. I cannot see the Fail passing that last bar as it has since come to light that they ‘selectively’ printed parts of the letter to further their agenda…. This is a very high bar based on public policy for very obvious reasons. The public interest argument is essentially like a whistle-blower protection piece of legislation, so you can’t just make shit up to smear someone. Ask Naomi Campbell because this was how she finally nailed the media (and Piers Morgan) in her one woman litigation battle.

      2. Privacy. Lots of legislation here… will be interesting to see the particular angle cited…

      • OriginalRose says:

        I really hope they can somehow use other recent cases of tabloids overstepping the line when it comes to private vs ‘public interest’ stories. I’m thinking about The Sun ‘outing’ that Gareth Thomas’s HIV status (that story just APPALLED me – how dare they) and also the Ben Stokes story.

        I really think the tabloid press is one of the worst things about Britain. A media correspondent was on the radio this morning saying (I’m paraphrasing) ‘they should be careful because they get a lot of positive coverage too and they might lose that good will with other newspapers’ I hate this argument because the Sussex’s can actually do things their own way, they have their Insta account and who buys papers now? I know there is clickbait on the DM website etc but honestly I haven’t looked at that trash site in years. Sorry for the rant but I’m so glad they’re doing this! Go H and M! Hope they win

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Thanks for the insight. I am going to be following this closely. I am pleased with the decision to sue along with Harry’s bold statement.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        Thank you for that detailed breakdown, Mignionette!

      • Sierra says:

        @Originalrose: I hope they speak to Angelina Jolie as she has a strong case to sue DailyMail.

        They published those court papers and purposely only showed selected sections and made it look like she alienated the children from their father.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Also lets not forget it was edited before being released – only excerpts of the letter were made public.

        Also, its the UK courts that will be trialling this and her lawyers wouldn’t be suing if they didn’t think they’d win.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Minionette

        Can I just say,

        1) I’ve quietly crushed on your name for months now
        2) Another gem of a post. Thanks!

      • Roserose says:

        @ Originalrose (sorry, did I steal your name?!) Gareth Thomas does come to mind. I remember Harry responding to what happened to him. My guess is that GT’s case will help Harry’s and Meghan’s.

        I’m just so glad this is finally happening. I just hope this lawsuit doesn’t backfire in some way.

      • Hmm says:

        Hmm, very interesting. I get all the legal ramifications. But personally, I think something like whether or not our personal messages get shared publicly to the media boils down to…

        1. She’s a public figure, royalty no less, so she should expect that her personal correspondences could become public, if not now then sometime in the future for historic record.

        2. The kind of privacy she’s wanting for public figures and royalty has for some time come down to public figures having the people around them like personal assistants sign NDAs. Like I’m sure Justin Bieber had for his wedding or Leo DiCaprio has for his girlfriends and the British Royal Family always having this for their staff.

        3. Personally, I just don’t like having private messages legislated and protected to the extent she’s wanting them to. She clearly wrote that letter to her dad wanting him to trip himself up and expose it to the media. I don’t like the game she’s playing with her own family. Totally insincere. Personal relationships are about trust, and she’s wanting the law to manage that trust for her that she clearly does not have but she insists on playing around with so she can be a “victim” in the eyes of some of the general public (i.e. this forum). I don’t like what she’s doing and I think she and Harry just like the attention.

      • Becks1 says:

        hoooo boy.

        I’ll just say to your point #3 – she wrote the letter months before it was made public, months during which her father continued to whine to Piers Morgan about his lack of access, his desire to see his (then unborn) grandchild, etc. It was only after the attacks went on and on that the People article was published, which referenced the letter. THAT was a deliberate move obviously, but I don’t think actually writing the letter was part of a master plan to manipulate her father into betraying her etc. I DO think she wrote it 1) to have a paper trail so her father couldn’t twist her words and 2) to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on a phone convo with her father, which 100% would have happened.

        And according to the British people on her, she is completely within her rights to sue. She’s not asking for a new law to be written. She’s using a law already on the books. So the private messages are clearly already legislated and protected.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Hmm

        1) The law does not make an exception (wrt copyright laws) for public figures. The Fail published her private correspondence without her permission, which is illegal. Simple as that.

        2) Don’t really know what your point is here

        3) If you observed the shenanigans of the Markle family over the last few years and the complete and utter selling out of their own “blood”, for money + 15 minutes of fame and *STILL* come down supporting the Markles and the press….lol…..I really and truly don’t know what to tell you.

      • Mignionette says:

        @Hmmm thank God for the Law eh…. otherwise we would have people advocating for selective legislation like you are which btw is effectively ‘selective human rights’ and that argument is thoroughly distasteful given Meg is the only adult of colour in the RF.

        Also given that other members of the RF have sued in similar circumstances and won, the idea that Meg be ‘below’ the law stinks to high heaven of racism and misogyny, because after all what differentiates her from other Royals….

      • Nic919 says:

        The law doesn’t care about the feelings of those who hate Meghan and they are going to be very bothered by this lawsuit because it’s very clear cut. She owns the copyright to the words in the letter to her father and she did not authorize the Mail on Sunday to publish them. She will win, it’s only a question of how much and whether or not it’s a settlement or they go to trial. (The Mail won’t take this to trial there is already precedent that shows they lose and with royals as plaintiffs. Common law relies on precedent and a similar fact case already exists).

      • Mignionette says:

        @Nic919 – I agree.

        I also suspect that the Mail will not want it to go to trial as I suspect Harry & Meg want to use it as a means to get MoS and the Fails shady shit out there for all to see.

        They want to show the tabs that although for the most part they will never explain or complain that they won’t stand for this shit going forward.

  4. I’m just wondering if this is all worth it. I’m sure she loves her husband but M was living her best life before him, she travelled w her friends, was acting and doing charity on her own terms and without expectations and scrutiny. She had blog and IG account that she curated to her own liking, she had a lot more freedom to just be who she is. Now, this ugly, ugly world is sitting on her doorstep.

    I hope they win the case!

    • MCV says:

      She probably thinks it is but It isnt. I know I couldnt do It, she’s a very strong woman.

      • I wouldn’t do it either. Not my portion. It was pretty obvious were the press game was headed right after it was revealed that they are together. Very strong woman.

      • otaku fairy.... says:

        Me neither.

      • NYC_girl says:

        When I saw her cover/story in Vanity Fair before they got engaged, I thought the same thing. It’s not a lifestyle I would join. Our society is so much more vicious now, especially with social media. There doesn’t seem to be a way to escape it.

    • M. says:

      I knew that Meghan was going to face an extreme amount of hate. I’m just surprised that it has went on this long. I don’t believe the Royal Family is worth all of this trouble. Meghan and Harry had the unfortunate timing of marrying while the political climate across the world is extremely toxic. Their marriage unfairly became a part of the culture wars. Most of the hateful comments online about the Sussexes come from accounts that support Trump, MAGA, Brexit, white nationalists, Fox News, etc.

      • Kittycat says:

        Archie means nothing I guess

      • PrincessK says:

        Very well said….

      • PrincessK says:

        I am also shocked that the hatred from the press has persisted for so long. Apparently the Sussexes have tried negotiation and other things but the press has been behaving like the mafia and demanding that they must turn over the names of the godparents. It is all so disgraceful.

        People on here are making great points but l feel we should all be doing much more to publicly support and defend the Sussexes which includes going on the Fail to express our views. I have written four letters of complaint to the Daily Mail and gone on air on LBC radio to defend the Sussexes.

    • Rhys says:

      I know and here Princess Sofia (sp) comes to mind, the one who married into the Swedish royal fam – the press had their day with her (the horror!) past and left her alone. Her marriage seems to be worth the trouble. Markle’s appears to be a nightmare once she steps out the door.

      • @KittyKat: huh?

        @M: We all knew it. With the current state of affairs in all our countries, it would’ve been naive to think and believe that she’d be easily accepted and welcomed to a position of power/influence. Just didn’t think it’d be THIS bad.

        @Rhys: That’s why I’m wondering if it’s truly worth it. It’s a PR nightmare that’s literally invading every part of their lives. The intrusion is terrifying, who would want to live w that?

        @ Pineapple: I would hope that we’re able to call out all of that without putting another woman through it. They’re not powerful enough bc they’ve been unable to stop the DM on their own. I hope they win. I hope they win.

      • Rhys says:

        @Skeptical_Sperm – SHE does. I think she is doing far better than anyone might think. It’s not the worst gig, to be a part of the rich, entitled family, and she clearly enjoys being a public person, the attention it brings, everything. I really don’t think she is regretting her decision or ever will regret it. If she did, she would be sitting in the privacy of her own house, commenting on Celebitchy under a nickname.

      • horseandhound says:

        Rhys is right. it’s not lovely to read rubbish about yourself, but if you don’t read it and live your life, with the amount of money and opportunities they have…I bet she’s living a great life.

    • Pineapple says:

      I think it is COMPLETELY worth it!!!!!!!! In this day and age, inaccurate, malicious reporting based on racism needs to be called out. These two people are very powerful. They have the power to point out that this behaviour is unethical, immoral AND racist. Kudos to them. I only wish it had happened sooner. NOW will the palace believe you don’t mess with Meghan???? I only love her and Harry more. Stunning call out. Stunning.

    • mint says:

      It would never be worth it to me. The pain and suffering she has to go through is immense. The hate she receives whenever she steps out is cruel. She is only one year into the marriage and it has to be difficult. I hope they will manage but this treatment obviously affects her

      • Rhys says:

        Yeah, but guys, this is just some seedy writing by a paper well known for its seediness. If one doesn’t read it and people who have lives and whose opinion actually counts, don’t read them. Don’t care what is said of her. I have plenty of friends who don’t even know who she is aside from Harry’s wife. People who count do not care.
        So she will sue, get good money, donate it to charity and continue on enjoying her royal lifestyle.

      • @Rhys: To be honest I’d take the financial security, access to almost everything, the houses and the privilege ..I’d take it. Just without the public attention, but it seems to be something she’s into and enjoys and I can’t and won’t fault her for that. I just don’t think the royal family is worth it (or even Harry) but to each their own.

        Edit: I also didn’t know who she was before she was reported here, and most people I know don’t know here either. So I guess she is fine. Reading here you’d swear every other paper is out to get her.

        @Mint: I hope they’re in therapy bc they’ll have to navigate through this with each other and separately, there’s no way either of them will remain the same after all of this. It’s a lot.

        @NYC_GIRL: Must’ve been worth it for her, I mean like Rhys says it’s not the worst gig in the world. You and I can sit here and marvel at how she’s able to do it.

      • Erinn says:

        I think it all depends on how you look at it.

        I’d 100% choose it if I was choosing a partner who – like H seems to with M – truly thought the world of me and was a very supportive partner. I wouldn’t make the decision lightly, but I do think I would choose love even with the tabloids.

        The thing is – you can be a private citizen and still wind up with batshit inlaws and other terrible aspects of life. At least she has the benefit of having a security detail, a very comfortable life, and a position to bring attention to important issues.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Good for H&M! I hope this make the palace leakers stop and think.

      Meghan fell in love. Yeah, it’s worth it, especially if they can ignore the press most of the time and focus on their work and their family.

      I worried about Meghan being out of the public eye so long while on leave. Since there wasn’t anything real to write about with her gone, the racist royal reporters just made things up. Next leave, Meghan might need to make a few more strategic appearances just to give them something legitimate to report on.

  5. Bri W. says:

    I thought they were literally suing the Mail on Sunday… I’m going back to bed.

  6. M. says:

    Good for them! The tabloids have been awful to Meghan. My only complaint is that this should have been done a long time ago. Shame on BP and KP for not defending Meghan when they have no problem with protecting other royals. I believe the Sussexes will win because I think the law in the UK states that the copyright belongs to the writer of the letter and not the recipient. The Daily Mail also altered/edited the letter to fit a narrative.

    • Yoyo says:

      They were trying to negotiate, but they were not getting what they wanted from the Mail.

      • Beli says:

        As they recently got an apology and correction from the Sun (although it was hidden in the back of the paper when the original false story was on the front page), I think that’s exactly what was happening.

    • Mignionette says:

      I am guessing this was not done ‘months ago’ bc Billy no mates wanted no part of it. Now that they are under the Umbrella of BP I am guessing that Lilibet is only too happy to have something this big distract from Paedo Andy and change that News cycle. It also allows the Emperor to strike back through her two most popular conduits…

      This is some real game of thrones shit.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      My thoughts about the timing are twofold: 1) maybe it took a while to find a good legal team and get all the ducks in a row before issuing the lawsuit (and maybe they were waiting for their own admin team to be fully finalized etc). I.e. to make sure they have a slam dunk, winnable case (which it seems like they do). And 2) is perhaps they’d been told or reassured by Charles and/or QEII lies like ‘things would get better’ ‘we’ll help you soon’ ‘just wait until such and such is over’ etc and Harry realized the BRF help or statements would never come and it’s up to the Sussexes themselves to just do what they need to do.

      However point 2 doesn’t make much sense because William also sued the French papers after K’s topless photos and Charles sued just recently after he and C were photographed on the beach. So not sure why the Sussexes would be told by the family not to sue (if they were).

      I also hope all the posters who were out here complaining about ‘why should William stick up for Meghan, Harry should be the one to do it, blah blah blah’ will be out here applauding this lawsuit. I’m guessing they won’t (and we all know why)…but I’ll be waiting 🧐

      As to the statement itself (not the lawsuit portion), I LOVE how he called out the literal press group traveling with them right now for trashing and bullying Meghan her entire marriage and pregnancy and then acting like ‘well, now you’ve won us back (by behaving in such and such a way) and we’ll give you positive coverage (it’s not because the entire world is also watching our reporting, we swear)’ but Harry says she is the exact same person now as then so why has the coverage been full of lies and false narratives. Those RRs on the tour have got to be steaming 🤣

      And finally, I love how the Sussexes also make a point to say they appreciate and need the support of us fans!! #Istandwiththesussexes

      • Moose says:

        I think Harry has discussed this at length with his father, Charles successfully sued Associated Newspapers a few years ago for publishing his private dairies…that was over copyright I think…

  7. ElleBee says:

    YEEEES SUE TF out of them!!!!

    This makes me so happy because I know it makes the Meghan haters seethe that Harry loves her loudly and proudly and will protect an defend her.

    I hope the salt in those racists blood makes their pressure skyrocket.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      Yup!! The added benefit will be to see the haters lose their tiny minds. Bring. It. On.

    • PlainJane says:

      SAME SAME SAME!!!

      I was thrilled when I read the news that H + M are suing, thrilled for so many reasons. The number one reason is, they are living like real people, not royals who live in some void of denial (TQ, Andrew/Rosenstein, Little Willy and Rose Who to name a few). It seems so much healthier to say, “Yes, this is happening, and here’s what we are doing about it.”

  8. Jessie Quinton says:

    I just heard that hag Ingrid Seward on Radio 2 right now and my mind is about to explode. It seems to be the view of some of the British press that they are entitled to pass judgement on people and then pass it off as journalism. I hope they spread the scope of their suit to include Ingrid Seward, Piers Morgan (who had an almighty meltdown about this on morning television this AM) and all the other useless racist POS writers who try to pass of their bigoted editorials as “news”.

    • Beli says:

      I’m shocked that Ingrid Seward and Piers Morgan are frothing about this.

      Shocked, I tells you! 😉

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        Piers had a fit on Twitter last night. He’s been trending all morning for his tantrum on TV as well. He’s disgusting. He’s just pissed because Meghan ghosted his racist sycophantic ass.

      • Some chick says:

        I’m surprised anyone even listens to the pair of them. Ingrid makes shit up and Piers is an angry little man – no more than that. What knuckleheads!

    • otaku fairy.... says:

      Both of them are going to be raked over the coals for this- for what they’re rightfully doing, AND for all the truths in Harry’s statement. When a person from any marginalized group(s) gets privilege, there’s this attitude that they’re obligated to put up with whatever, that less privileged members of their groups equally have no right to have a problem with any of it, and that other people outside of those groups who happen to care also shouldn’t say anything. People feel entitled to let all the bigotry and abuse hang out because of class privilege, and hide behind the “I’m just a peasant!” Card when called out.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        Agree — and they have been raked over the coals for this and other commentary re: Meghan in the past — but they’re trolls so they don’t care. It just feeds them more. Garbage people will just be garbage.

  9. Ally Theater says:

    Fake news, eh?

  10. Mara says:

    I’ll be happy if she wins but I just hope they’re prepared for the torrent of vitriol that The Daily Mail will return on Meghan in the coming years for this as retribution. This is a satisfying and right move but is it strategic or smart? I’m worried that they could win the battle but lose the war.

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      The Daily Mail has already put out a statement saying they will “vigorously” defend themselves — which means they’re gonna throw a lot of money and Piers Morgan/Katie Kopkins vitriol behind this.

      • MsIam says:

        “Vigorously defend” means they’ll settle. And no defendant in a case is going to roll over and say “yep, we did it, we were the bad guys”. They’ll back off for a while and then start back up again until they find a new target.

      • Some chick says:

        Practically every single attorney response statement when a client is being sued contains the phrase “vigorously defend.” It’s just what you do – you send a fierce sounding response. It’s really just meaningless sabre rattling.

        There’s a saying, “if the law is against you, argue the facts; if the facts are against you, argue the law; if both the facts and the law are against you, pound the table.” I expect that if this makes it to court, that we will be hearing some table pounding.

        But I think they are privately urging the Fail to settle. I would love to see it go to court but I doubt it’s going to happen. Less expense than going to court and losing, for one thing!

    • Leigh says:

      Ignoring the racist media hasn’t made them stop or slow down the attacks so they have try something new. You can’t back down to bullies.

      • otaku fairy.... says:

        The message bullies/bigots/oppressors often take away from their target groups and others constantly being told to just ignore it (until it’s too late) is that their behavior is acceptable.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Leigh – This!!!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      He knows the risks. It’s why he clearly said “it may not be the safe action but it’s the right one”. You don’t get anywhere by sitting on your hands and hoping things will work out.

    • DaisySharp says:

      There’s that old saying; never go to war with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

      I don’t know. But then again, what was not fighting back accomplishing? These bullies just get worse and worse. So i don’t know.

    • M. says:

      They already publish dozens of vitriolic articles about her every week. They never gave Meghan a fair chance and have been intent on taking her down for the past three years. Her silence has not stopped any attacks. Some members of the press have a sick vendetta against Meghan. Something should have been done a long time ago.

    • Eliza says:

      I don’t know about UK copyright laws, but in US if not printed in entirely (which their letter confirmed) it doesn’t break the copyright. I think they’re suing on 3 terms so hopefully the other 2 have stronger legal legs. Otherwise it’s a lot of money wasted for all, and if they lose the DM will be even worse to them.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think its because it wasn’t printed in its entirety that they are suing – or at least one of the reasons. I thin H&M are saying the MoS cut out parts of the letter and edited it to fit their narrative, which violated Meghan’s copyright? That’s what legal twitter is telling me lol.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        I’ve heard people who know UK law say that Meghan is the owner of the letter so it was illegal to publish ANY of it without her consent. Also they edited it to CHANGE the meaning, which is also illegal. So it seems the Sussexes’ case is very strong on those two points.

      • Some chick says:

        No, that has no bearing. In the UK, the recipient owns the physical item but not the copyright.

        I don’t think she wrote the letter to entrap. I think it was sincere, from what I’ve read of it. She probably did want to have a record of what she said so he couldn’t lie about it. But I’m not so sure she actually expected it to turn up in the Fail.

        It sounded to me like a last ditch effort to make him see that he couldn’t keep selling her out to the press if he wanted any relationship with her going forward. And he just couldn’t do it.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I mean, they already write racist articles about her every single day. And as soon as the lawsuit was publicized last night, the Fail changed the header of an article about shipping extra Land Rovers to SA to: CAR CRASH (rest of title), instead of what it had previously been and moved it to the top of the page. So…after Harry says he’s worried about his wife being killed like his mother was, the Daily Heil does that. I’m quite sure the Sussexes already know that rag is pure trash.

    • Harrierjet says:

      I agree – the Mail will wage a war against them other tabloids might unit as well. This is a red flag to a bull. I agree its important to point out the Mail’s behaviour is unacceptable but I think a more tactical approach might have made it easier for the couple in the long run.

      • M. says:

        But what is a more tactical approach? They’ve remained silent, they’ve ignored stories, they’ve politely asked for retractions, they’ve tried to negotiate, and so many other polite tactics. How long is a person supposed to accept abuse? It seems like some people are uncomfortable with other people standing up for themselves.

      • Lady D says:

        I agree, enough is enough. It’s been three years of non-stop harassment. The press isn’t going to stop, they’re like a cat with a mouse. Cruel and vicious and delighting in their play until the mouse drops dead, then they move on to their next victim, with nary a care about the havoc they created. Someone needs to bell the cat.

      • MsIam says:

        It’s been three years already, and enough is enough. How quickly did William threaten to sue about that Rose feud nonsense? I didn’t see all of this hand wringing about consequences then. And it sure seemed to shut up the “all powerful” press. And Harry is not asking for a gag order, just some decency.

    • S808 says:

      I mean at this point they’ve exhausted all options and how much worse can it get? They’ve linked her terrorism (or famine can’t remember which haha!) for eating avocados at one point. What else can they do? keep printing lies? M&H have been there, dealt with that.

      • Harrierjet says:

        I don’t really know the answer to what approach is the best, and I don’t dwell on celebitchy too much as I don’t agree to a lot of things written or in the comments so I don’t know what has been exhausted or not. I think Harry calling the press out to their faces the first time was pretty successful in bringing the conversation out in the open and there were some very red faces as people realised they couldn’t get away with that behaviour with being called out on it. Another public statement which was more direct and cutting could have worked (I still think Harry’s statement yesterday was a bit vague). People like Trump and Brexiteers have been successful as they have been more forthright with the public. Of course these people lie in the worst ways, but it is – simple and effective method of communication, rather than game playing.
        No one likes getting called out or hearing their closet, nefarious opinions. That’s the time you seize people – as they splutter in disbelief – you can begin to control the narrative. Anyway this is what I think. They chose a different route that they think works best for them. Time will tell if it works.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Harriet,

        I also believe the language in the statement should have been a tad more pointed a direct in calling out this never ending daily harassment and bullying.

        But I still think they did a good job as it is. Let’s shift the conversation to discussing just how much bullying and harrassment is acceptable from these people.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I hope this forces the Fail to admit, in court, how much money they have paid to sperm donor Thomas in the last three years.

  11. Hikaru says:

    Sooo, is he gonna make a statement on his pedo supporting family or is his granny’s wallet more important to him than all the activism and values he claims to stand for but doesn’t actually practice?

    • Loobylou says:

      Exactly what do you expect him to say?

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      What is he supposed to say? The only one who needs to defend Handy Andy is himself.

    • Sofia says:

      In the Royal Family, actions speak louder than words. Harry and Meghan don’t associate with Andrew in any way shape or form. They don’t do car rides with him like HM.

      And if you do want to get mad then get mad at all of them. Including Andrew’s own daughter who has an anti human trafficking podcast.

      • Hikaru says:

        Exactly, all of them are giving their implicit support by refusing to stand up against it. And the reason they are all doing it is because they all live out of the Queen’s pocket and they refuse to risk their access to money.

        Their words are all pretty speeches about the importance of standing up and making a change but their actions are speaking louder – bury their heads in sand and keep the hand safely in the granny pocket.
        They don’t give a damn about their own family supporting a pedo who abused underage sex trafficking victims just so they don’t lose out on money.

        Their “goodness” is all play pretend. All of them.

    • Nev says:

      Pedo is grown. Harry has his own young family to take care of. NOPE.

    • S808 says:

      And say what exactly? that is Pedo Andy and the Queen’s issue and it’s their responsibility to deal with it.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Why is he personally responsible for speaking about Andrew? Shouldn’t you be asking about the Queen, who has clearly made her stance on her son known? Have you made the same demands of the Cambridges? Something tells me that’s a firm NO on the last question.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        Right?!?! Why is it only Harry and Meghan (and usually just Meghan) who gets all of these types of demands made of them?!?! I mean, I know why, but how can the posters not see how hypocritical they sound!

    • manda says:

      How is he responsible for his uncle?

    • Lina says:

      Why in the damn hell should he have to say anything about his grown ass disgusting uncle? Do you think his daughters should scurry away into a hole and hide for the sins of their father? No. Stop it.

    • CynicalCeleste says:

      Agreeing with Hikaru, who is not singling out H&M, but rightly pointing out they are as complicit as every member of the family. In a comment below, someone sagely invoked Elie Wiesel: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Works here too.

      It’s possible that Eugenie’s founding of the Anti-Slavery Collective in 2017 and her recent announcement of a podcast was an attempt to take a stand; we’ll see how far she’s allowed to take it.

      • Original Jenns says:

        Sooo, we’re giving the benefit of the doubt to Eugenie (who was personally supported through Epstein’s loans and friendship with her parents)??? Even though Harry and Meghan are working to uplift women like Andrew’s victims even more so than Eugenie?

        I wonder why, even though what she’s done is the definition of hypocritical. But sure, Harry and Meghan can’t feel pain until they explicitly speak out about a POS relative.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I’m a Meghan supporter, but I agree that it’s not wrong to ask whether someone who champions women’s rights, will also call out a pedo living in their own family. No, wait, I don’t want this to be about “call out” or “family,” because the Royal “Family” is an organization supported by public funds. So it’s a question of whether they should address the accused abuser of under-aged girls that is being supported by the same organization that supports themselves. (So, compared with a Catholic Bishop who champions safety for children, being asked how he feels about the Catholic Church covering up for another Bishop who sexually abused kids). When I view it that way, it’s a fair question.

  12. Keekee says:

    For some weird reason i didnt think the royal family was allowed to sue.

    • Beli says:

      The royals have sued before.

      I think the most recent one was William suing that French magazine for publishing Kate’s nuddy photos (and he also mentioned Diana in the statement), but there’s plenty of precedent.

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      They are. Prince Charles has already sued on the same basis back in 2005. They have sued the papers for other things before, including breach of privacy.

    • Becks1 says:

      They are, and they have before. William and Kate got damages for the topless pictures of Kate that were published. Charles has sued newspapers in the past, Diana did it, etc. I’m sure, since they are public figures, that the burden of proof may be a little different (they can’t sue because a reporter says they don’t like Meghan), but this is a clearer case.

      • Melissa says:

        Didn’t W&K just sue for the Botox story like 2 months ago?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Melissa – I’m not sure they sued, but KP issued a statement about it. And William DID threaten lawsuits over the Rose Hanbury story.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      They sue all the time!! Were you here recently making this same comment when Charles sued over the photo of him and Cam on the beach? Or how about when William sued over Kate’s topless photos? Why does this narrative only come up when it’s the Sussexes?

      It’s also interesting how many women in particular were so supportive of protecting Kate and her rights, but are crickets when it comes to supporting Meghan.

  13. ElleBee says:

    Also filing this lawsuit after reuniting on their successful tour…very stylish :D

  14. Becks1 says:

    Everything about this is just a power move. They filed the lawsuit and issued that statement while still on the tour. Harry is saying – “we see you, and we are not fooled because you have been nice over the past week and a half.” If anything, I think the past week and a half have made some of the press look worse, because its clear when Meghan is working, and not, you know, on maternity leave, the press has very little bad to say about her.

    I also think its a clear dig at his family for their lack of support, since he clearly thanks the public for their support.

    I’m not sure Charles and the Queen were totally against the lawsuit though; especially not Charles – he has sued newspapers and such before, so I would not be surprised if he supported the lawsuit. The statement may have come as a surprise though…..

    And this is the first time they’ve used the official Sussex website, right?

    Also, the Sun (I think?) issued an apology for their story in the spring about Meghan and Harry closing the car park behind Frogmore (we had many discussions here about it!) – the parking lot was closed, but for reasons that had nothing to do with H&M. They issued an official apology over it.

    That tells me that while many of us have been saying, “why isn’t Harry trying to stop this”, he has been trying behind the scenes. The Sussexes have been pushing back and now its starting to come out.

    • Yoyo says:

      Prince Harry also went after the BBC, for broadcasting his death threat from the the guy is that is now serving four years in prison, for the threat.
      Then Willy teamed up with the BBC to promote an anti-bully App.
      I don’t Harry can count on anyone in his family for support, jealously is a bitch.

    • Erinn says:

      I really love that he’s doing this. It takes some courage to stand up for your loved ones in a case like this – especially when it seems like the media is truly out to get you already. But he’s making sure to live his life in a way that he can be proud of, and worrying less about the people that at the end of the day don’t matter. That’s a good chunk of what being a great partner is about, and I have to say it’s heartwarming to see.

      I also suspect that Charles isn’t opposed to the lawsuit. I think there’s a good chance that he warned Harry about the kind of backlash that would likely be coming with it, but he knows that Harry has to do what’s right for him and his family. I do kind of wonder if Charles ever feels somewhat responsible for the media frenzy surrounding Diana. I’m sure at SOME point or another it crossed his mind that she wouldn’t have been in that position without him marrying her, though she did play the media at times as well. It’s just a tragic situation all around, and I’m glad that Harry is setting down boundaries.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      @Becks1 + a million to everything you said.

    • Moose says:

      @Becks, agree with what you’ve said, i’m so glad they haven’t been taking this lying down but behind the scenes have been tackling all the lies and hatred…

    • Lorelei says:

      @Becks1, yes, every word of this! 👏

  15. Feedmechips says:

    Maybe it’s just too early in the morning, but I’m having a hard time understanding why publishing this letter is actionable–especially if Thomas sold them the letter.

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      Because in English law, the writer of the letter (Meghan) owns the copyright of it’s contents. So the fact that they printed her copyright without her permission is against the law. Prince Charles used the same precedent in 2005 and the paper he sues appealed the ruling twice and lost on the same grounds.

      • Bri W. says:

        Thanks for explaining this. I was confused too.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        No prob– I’m actually listening to a lawyer explain this on the radio in real time! LOL

      • Eva says:

        Doesn’t the UK have a privacy law where a recipient of a private letter isn’t allowed to publish the letter without the sender’s consent? Where I’m from we have a law like this and I’m surprised to hear it’s not a common practice.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        That’s the exact law that their using to win their case. Meghan owns the copyright of that letter as the writer. She set up that letter knowing her dumbass dad would sell it to the rags and catch both them in the f***ery. It’s a masterstroke, really.

    • Maxie says:

      What can they win? An apology? Money?

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        They can sue for both — in this case and damages they win will apparently go to an anti-bullying charity.

      • Becks1 says:

        They are asking for money, I think, which will be donated to an anti-bullying organization.

        and I bet its not one that William works with, LOL.

    • Beli says:

      Meghan owns the copyright, as the writer. It’s her intellectual property and she didn’t consent to its publication.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        It was explained to me like this: If you buy a copy of “Gone with the Wind” you own the physical copy of the words. However, the words are actually owned by the Margaret Mitchell estate. I can sell my hard copy of the book at my garage sale, donate it to a library or loan it to a friend but I cannot republish the book or reprint (Print the letter in the Mail on Sunday) the book for distribution and/or profit. This “problem” is what has the music industry up in arms with downloading music for sharing and then burning a CD on your personal computer.

  16. MCV says:

    She’s been preparing this lawsuit for months in absolute secret lol #iconic

  17. smcollins says:

    I was reading about this last night. Good for them! Despite their incredible privilege and royal “bubble” they’re still people who can only take so much. It seems that if they don’t stand up for themselves and take action no one else will, which that in itself speaks volumes.

  18. Rapunzel says:

    The haters are so enraged about this. I hope it doesn’t put the Sussexes at more risk. The amount of vitriol is scary.

    • Harrierjet says:

      This is the problem. It won’t fix things – people will just start hating more. I was in an uber this morning in London and the driver was listening to Nick Ferrari on LBC (a DJ who is also a complete and utter %&@()@*)()) and to be honest the people calling in haven’t automatically changed their mind. One guy was like “Harry’s being a bit of a snowflake and she’s an actress for god’s sake – she knew when she was getting in for!”. Not my words by the way. Just people will not change their minds and they will continue to be nasty – if not nastier.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Rapunzel – They are already at risk and hopefully their security teams are taking every precaution. I was worried every day for years about the Obamas, but they were kept safe.

        Harrierjet- Compare it to the current situation with the Orange Fascist – should we just let him do anything he wants because otherwise he’ll rile up his insane supporters even more than he already does? At some point (passed long ago for the US and the in the Sussexes’ situation, IMO) you must stand up and take action. Also, the people on that radio program (racists, PissMorgan, etc) were never going to think positively about Meghan so why should we be soothing and catering to the least among us?!?!?? No!

      • Harrierjet says:

        I think the legal action is the problem – it incites people even more. I think Harry’s statement is right to stick up for his wife and I don’t think people shouldn’t say anything just to keep the peace. Trump, like the whole Brexit juggernaut are appalling. There isn’t a day that doesn’t make me boil with the ludicrousness of what people get away with saying and doing without being held accountable. But its like someone was saying a bit further above – this is winning the battle but not the war. I mean, Sarah Vine who is a writer at the DM was at a Buckingham Palace dinner sitting amongst the royals for goodness sake! The webs are more complicated than we can begin to imagine, and the power is in standing up and taking action with a cool head. For a start, bringing down the DM would be easier if people just stopped reading it. Yet most people here will still go onto that website.

      • M. says:

        The people who call into that show have never been fans of Meghan. It’s like saying someone called into Fox News and said something horrible about the Obamas. The negativity is not surprising or unusual. The British media and its consumers are mostly right wing.

      • Harrierjet says:

        ^ M, I just want to be clear – and this is not just you, but most people who comment here. It is the British tabloid press. NOT the British Media. There is very fine, impartial and balanced writing and journalism in the UK and people can not paint the whole media and press as tabloids.

      • HK9 says:

        It’s not supposed to fix things. It’s to let them know when they cross the line, we’ll knock you back.

      • Lady D says:

        I hope the haters are enraged, I hope this news is absolutely infuriating them.

  19. Bookworm says:

    Question already answered above. Never mind:)

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      Not in English law. The writer of the letter retains the copyright to the letter. It is their intellectual property and you have to ask their permission to use it.

    • S808 says:

      He owns the paper but she owns the words and she didn’t authorize the sale.

  20. M. says:

    We should always stand up to hate and bullying. I saw a few people stating that Harry and Meghan shouldn’t say anything because it will just make things worse. That is a fearful way of thinking. So many people before us bravely stood up against racism, sexism, and so many other injustices. This lawsuit is bigger than Harry and Meghan because the tabloids have destroyed the lives of far too many people.

  21. Bobo2 says:

    Yes, Thomas markle is the owner of the letter but Meghan in owner of the content of the letter. Therefore she can sue for copyright violation

  22. Grif says:

    Took him long enough……….

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      I’m impressed he did it all. Look how Prince William stayed mum on his cheating whilst Kate had to suck it up all summer. Harry prob tried to do it the Royal way, and just ignore it, until he hit a breaking point and then let Meghan put her ducks in a row so that they both could catch the papers with their pants down.

      • EbonyS says:

        Hey now.

        William also issued threats of lawsuits and that shut up the stories about Rose very quickly.

        Don’t count him out!!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      He literally said that up to now they haven’t been able to do much. He was obviously being stonewalled by the palace (which has no issue with issuing statements on anything else under the sun.)

      • notasugarhere says:

        That doesn’t mean it was the palace stopping them. Very little the tabloids are doing is legally actionable. When it is, like publishing the photo/threat against Harry and the lies about the car park, Harry and Meghan have taken legal action.

  23. Yoyo says:

    I think in England the writer always owns the copyright to written material and it can’t be published without their approval, so even though Thomas sold the letter, Meghan still owns the rights.
    Meghan knows her father is a blowhard, and when her friends told People about the letter, after his blatant lies about not being able to get in touch with her.

  24. Canadiangirl says:

    Meghan is a very strong woman. What a drastic change for her over such a short time.
    I hope they win this lawsuit.

  25. Esme says:

    I dislike the white knighting tone. We know she can speak eloquently for herself. But after years of being “the spare” he may have found new purpose in this public role. It strikes me as too old fashioned; it could have been worded better, highlighting his support without making it all about his mum. Even if Diana was alive and happy the smear campaign against Meghan would be just as wrong. As for the lawsuit, I believe they’ll win… and that as a consequence/revenge they’ll never get positive coverage ever again from the UK tabloids. But they’ve very cleverly drawn a line between the UK tabloids, which they condemn, and the public, who they’re thanking.
    It would be interesting to see how this lawsuit will shape their communication strategy going forward.
    Did Charles ever sue/rebuke the tabloids on Camilla’s behalf, back in the day?

    • Jessie Quinton says:

      I don’t think Harry is trying to be a white knight — I think he is genuinely worried about his wife and wants to stand up for her.

      The UK press are already trying to frame this as a “us against them” argument. I hope Meghan and Harry win on all counts and slap the spit out of their mouths.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      How exactly did he make it all about Diana??? He made one mention of her in the letter to drive home an important point. The fact that you see this as “white knighting” shows how flippantly you think of the British media’s treatment of Meghan.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        I’ve seen it on other sites where people are getting annoyed for “invoking Diana”. Harry is Diana’s SON, he is one of the ONLY people who gets to invoke her legacy as he sees fit.

      • Esme says:

        On the contrary, as I said, I believe the tabloids’ smear campaign against Meghan to be bad enough on its own. It’s bad enough as it is – I think it diminishes the message to imply “something might happen, like it did happen to my mum”. Something already happened. It’s unacceptable to smear Meghan this way, independently of who her husband is.
        And also I must admit I don’t think much of Harry, PR wise… I think she might really do a better job on her own, without the dubious help of the notorious, patented, “Windsor PR acumen”.

      • CN says:

        @Esme //I think it diminishes the message to imply “something might happen, like it did happen to my mum”. Something already happened. It’s unacceptable to smear Meghan this way, independently of who her husband is.//

        Harry is talking about his mother dying. This is the thing he is fearing for his wife.
        One can understand how he could have such thoughts. That particular paragraph was heartbreaking. It has nothing to do with being a white knight at all.

        I really do feel for them. These UK tabloids are something nasty.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Esme

        I’m really struggling to understand what point you’re trying to make…..

        As for Harry invoking Diana, I actually don’t think he went far enough. Some of these fuckers were complicit (directly or otherwise), in the death of his mother. Now they’re doing everything they can to destroy his wife.

        He didn’t go far enough.

      • Esme says:

        @Bella Dupont
        “I’m really struggling to understand what point you’re trying to make…..

        As for Harry invoking Diana, I actually don’t think he went far enough. Some of these fuckers were complicit (directly or otherwise), in the death of his mother. Now they’re doing everything they can to destroy his wife.”

        I dislike the wording because it moves the focus from Meghan’s pain to Harry’s pain (*his* mother, *his* wife, as you noted) – I believe he’s sincere and sincerely worried, but I would prefer if the focus remained on Meghan’s pain. She’s the person with full agency who was hurt and who is asking for just redress with this lawsuit.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Esme

        Ahh…..I get you now. Maybe they decided this would go down better if it came from him…..after all, he’s more popular at the moment than she is and people tend to connect with him emotionally.

        Either way, I really glad they’ve finally got their boxing gloves on, it’s about time.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “As for the lawsuit, I believe they’ll win… and that as a consequence/revenge they’ll never get positive coverage ever again from the UK tabloids.”

      My friend who use to work for the National Enquirer said to me last night: “Every cubical at the Daily Fail and Fail on Sunday will have a picture of Meghan with a target on her face pinned to the wall. If The Fail wins they will never let Meghan & Harry forget it. If the Daily Fail loses they will track Meghan & Harry with a vendetta to make them as miserable as possible for the rest of their lives.”

      I hope my friend is wrong.

      • Esme says:

        I think the tabloids will double down. It’s what sells to their target demographic, after all. But I also think the same tabloids will become less relevant as media as time goes on. H&M have already made a distinction between the public and the tabloids here.

        Or maybe the tabloids will double down for a while and change their tune when Charles is king…

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I think you friend is correct – I have a friend who worked for the new defunct News of the World as an admin and she pretty much said the same thing. If you sue them either way the will make you a target – tabloid reports ARE that petty and much more.

      • MsIam says:

        Really? Then why not a peep about William? And he only threatened a lawsuit. And as for the Enquirer, have they done a story about Jeff Bezos lately?

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Sadly, the target was already firmly on them. If they double down, I actually think they risk damaging their product (ie too many Meghan centric stories to the detriment of other entertaining genres *could* induce “Meghan fatigue” from even their rabid readers).

        Most people get it now, that the DM has a very specific, race driven agenda when it comes to Meghan, which in my view, further damages their credibility on all things Markle related amongst fair minded people, anyway).

      • RoyalBlue says:

        I am surprised to hear that the Fail will double down. Mel’s is sued them and won a decent amount of money and they have eased off the attack. Makes me wonder if one of the terms of the settlement for the Sussexes will be a cease and desist of future fabrications.

      • blue36 says:

        I’m pretty sure Harry and Meghan are expecting this from the fail, but decided to go through with it anyway because they’ve had enough.

        @RoyalBlue – is it possible for them to get a cease and desist in this situation?

    • MsIam says:

      @Esme, I think you are quibbling over the wording in Harry’s statement. I think he is not diminishing Meghan’s pain at all. I think it is similar to wording of her friends who spoke out in the People mag story where they talked about how they felt seeing Meghan trashed by the press. If you care for someone it does hurt you to see them bullied, and for a spouse (or parent) it definitely is a shot to the heart. As for him invoking Diana, I think we underestimate how much trauma this caused him. I think, in someways he’s still that 12 year old boy inside who lost his mother.

  26. Beach Dreams says:

    Telling that this is published on their site rather than the royal family’s and that he made no mention of his family in the letter. They can speak on anything from Andrew’s “chubby fingers” to Kate’s Botox and extensions, but they can’t bother to call out the harassment of Meghan. It’s a hard wake up call for Harry, but at least he likely now recognizes his family for what they really are.

  27. Alexandria says:

    Good. Hope they win and win big. It is bullying!

  28. Abby says:

    Good for them. GOOD FOR THEM. This letter made me tear up. I’m glad Harry is standing up for Meghan.

  29. OriginalLala says:

    Its still shocking to me that the BRF hasn’t done much to publicly call out this crap, especially since the Queen was happy to lend her support to Pedo Andy..what a ridiculous family.

    I hope the perks are worth it because it sounds like living in a viper’s nest.

    • M. says:

      I’m disappointed in the royal family, but I’m not shocked at their lack of care for Meghan. It was obvious to me since last year that the reasons they allowed this marriage is for optics and because they didn’t want Harry to leave the family. The royals don’t give a crap about Meghan and will continue to use her as scapegoat.

    • ShazBot says:

      I know someone in the British upper-middle crust who said they’re all putting on a brave face about having a black princess in the royal family, but it’s quite something. That’s probably how the whole BRF feels…they’re putting on a brave face, but come on now Harry, don’t expect too much from us.

      I feel for Harry, I think falling in love with Meghan has shown him the true colours of many of his closest friends and family, and it’s probably quite distressing. It’s the epitome of the privileged situation he grew up in – the undertones were probably always there, but he never actually had reason to notice them.

  30. S808 says:

    A few words:

    This is just *chefs kiss*. I hope somehow, someway her POS father gets taken for the very little he’s worth. I’ll never understand why people sympathize with him after the grief he put her through WHILE PREGNANT for some cash. No father worth a d*mn does that. Also a huge f—k you to the RF for doing nothing to protect Meghan from Day 1 but releasing statement after statement for that pedo POS. They watched her being torn apart in the media from her wedding day to the very day she gave birth and did nothing cause it benefits them. I can’t imagine having to look them all in the face and not go off. There’s no way to come out of this unscathed so I hope both Harry and Meghan are in therapy.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “I hope somehow, someway her POS father gets taken for the very little he’s worth.”

      I would love to see Thomas get his just deserts but Thomas did nothing illegal in selling the letter to The Fail on Sunday. The trouble began with The Fail on Sunday publishing the letter.

      Hypothetical: I can buy a letter an auction written by Michael Jackson or Alexander Hamilton but I can not publish the letter without the permission of the Jackson Estate or Hamilton Estate.

      • S808 says:

        he doesn’t even need to be sued imo. I want him publicly shamed. I want the daily fail to publicly turn on him in anyway possible. I want him so miserable he’s forced to hide for the rest of his miserable existence never to be heard from again.

    • Cee says:

      Or releasing statements about Kate “not using” botox, ha!

    • Joanna says:

      I agree w you, he’s a POS! +1 to everything you wrote

  31. Moose says:

    I admire them for taking this step, they have obviously tried to reason with Murdoch’s empire but with no success. I also like the fact they have released this statement during their Southern Africa tour which highlights the hypocrisy of the media: they have had access to Archie so are full of compliments. However, I’m sure the press will just twist it and say they are finally doing something that can be complimented….

    The statement they released is honest and heartfelt, and says everything their fans have been defending them for over all of these months. Love how they mention they are funding this personally so media can’t complain about tax payers money being wasted, and they mentioned any recompense will be donated to anti-bullying campaigns (but hopefully not William’s as that would be a complete waste!). Also appreciate how the statement says Meghan is the same she has always been, to knock on the head the media nonsense about her reinventing herself for good PR.

    I sincerely hope this action is successful, I do worry over the legalities – I wonder whether Daily Heil would have published the redacted letter if they hadn’t had legal clearance to do so…. I’m not sure legally whether Toxic Tom has a right to publish any letters he has received that are addressed to him…. It seems Meghan kept a copy of the letter to be able to tell it had been heavily redacted (we’ve talked before on here that she knew he would sell it). Are copyright laws different in US/UK?

    Piss Morgan up to his usual tricks last night, saying on twitter that H&M are bullying the media into fawning sycophancy, deliberately misrepresenting what they are doing. He was rightly mauled for it but he doesn’t care, he loves the attention talking about Meghan gets him. Max Foster CNN also used the words “lashing out” which is complete rubbish and again misrepresenting that this has been months of serious consideration.

    I wonder if this action is successful can they sue individual reporters for the constant lies, harassment and racist bile (Richard palmer, sarah vine, penny junor, chris ship, piers morgan, Camilla tominey, Ingrid seward, dickie arbiter to name a few). Actually they could probably be charged with inciting hatred which is illegal in UK.

    Good luck H&M!! Lots of love to you both xxxx

    PS: interesting they thanked the public for support but not his family….. And what a speech from Harry at Tembisa this morning, fantastic, laying the groundwork for the focus of their Foundation, sooooo excited!!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Rupert Murdoch “owns” The Dim (aka The Sun). The Fail and Fail on Sunday is “owned” by Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere.

      Rupert Murdoch is a small “r” republican and really cannot stand the BRF as a whole but there are couple of HRHs that he gets on with at a personal level.

      • Moose says:

        Thanks for the clarification @BTB, weren’t the Rothermere’s friends of Oswald Mosley?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Yes. There is a Rothermere-Mosley connection in history.

      • Lady D says:

        For those of us who don’t know, the difference between a Republican and a small “r” republican is…
        I’ve seen this phrase so many times and don’t know what it is implying.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lady – I think its to distinguish between a Republican (a member of a US political party) and a republican (one who wants to abolish the monarchy in the UK) – that’s my impression at least? maybe someone else can confirm.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lady D, A small “r” republican supports a republic not a monarchy form of government. A large “R” Republican refers to a member or supporter of the Republican Party in the USA.

        A small “c” conservative is a person who is just conservative (such as: a female should always where a hat to church after her confirmation and males should wear ties) in their choices but may vote Labour, LibDem or even Communist. A large “C” Conservative refers to a member or supporter of the Conservative Party in the UK.

      • Lady D says:

        Thank you Becks and Bay. The closest I could come to a definition was a small r was someone who was republican but didn’t want to admit it. I’m glad I asked:)

  32. aquarius64 says:

    The suit says the published letter was altered. Wanna bet Meghan sent a copy to Bad Dad and kept the original? Calling it – the Fail’s defense is Dad sold a forged document to the paper he claimed was authentic, although DM was too lazy to make sure the letter was legit. DM is going to have to destroy Bad Dad’s credibility to have a chance.

    • Mignionette says:

      Publishing the forgery is not going to be a defense bc once again had they gained the permission of the copyright holder, that would have been easily discoverable, That is another reason behind the legislation i.e. the original person speaks for themselves.

      Also really hard to use the public interest angle when you can’t even be bothered to authenticate your source, especially when the seller of the letter has previously had his veracity called into question on numerous occasions.

  33. Gingerbee says:

    Yes, I am glad the Sussex are suing, teach those aholes a lesson.

  34. Jessie Quinton says:

    I think the Mail will lose on the copyright count. The other counts are 50/50 because they can argue that M and H are public figures and what they are reporting is in the public interest.

    I don’t think the Mail’s reputation will come out of this unscathed with people who have their wits about them, but they tend to cater to the “Garbage People” demographic these days so I also half expect them to ramp up their attacks in Meghan and Harry.

    Kensignton Palace should also be held to account — they have no problem circling their wagons when Handy Andy and Little Will Fontleroy screw up, but are completely OK to let Meghan and Harry fend for themselves with unprovoked attacks.

  35. HK9 says:

    I remembered when I was a kid, Carole Burnet sued the National Enquirer and won. They never bothered her again. I’m hoping this will check them in a similar way. You see, POC are supposed to take racism on the chin, be treated unfairly and not complain because they’re lucky to be here. She has a right to be here, she works her ass off and it’s time to stop the nonsense. Brava.

    • M. says:

      I’m noticing that some people think that Meghan should continue to be smeared and slandered. The royals have a history of suing or threatening to sue news outlets, so what’s the problem with Harry and Meghan defending themselves? POC have the right to enjoy the same privileges and protections as white people. Meghan doesn’t need to be a martyr who suffers in silence. She doesn’t deserve all of this hate.

      • lanne says:

        So many white people still implicitly believe that we should be “grateful” to be present among them. That’s why I’m so glad Prince Harry’s letter DID have a white knight tone. How often do we see a man, ANY man, white knight for a woman of color? I think it’s important for people to see him standing up for his wife.

      • Esme says:

        @Lanne, but while he gets the credit for “standing up for her” she’ll have to bear the brunt of the inevitable backlash – they’re not going to smear him for speaking out, they’re going to smear her (again, even more).
        To be clear, I believe he’s sincere in his love and in his frustration with the tabloids, but I have my doubts on the effectiveness of his approach.

      • HK9 says:

        @Esme, this is not to fix things. This is to let them know they will do what is necessary to keep them in line. The fact that we’re even having this discussion means that the normal professional behaviour is not something that they adhere to so, they’ve forced them to use the law. She’s living in a permanent backlash, they never let up so H&M have nothing to lose at this point. I’m also sure that they are suing because they know they’ve got a solid case.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Esme

        The problem is, their going to keep smearing her *regardless*, lawsuit or no lawsuit. Nothing can appease them.

        At least this way, they get to make some public clarifications and call out their agenda publicly. Their smears are the constant in this equation. The only variables are their own participation.

      • Original Jenns says:

        Agree M. – I’m seeing a lot of comments ON HERE, stating they are “worried” this is a bad move, it will make the tabloids angrier, they’ll come harder, this may win the battle not the war… Fake concern is just another example of fake allies. Here for her until the going gets tough and they feel uncomfortable. The Sussexes are defending themselves, and if some people think they should just ignore it because it’s that easy, because that’s what’s expected of people of color, to just take abuse and turn the other cheek, those are people I wouldn’t want support from.

      • Bren says:

        When Harry publicly defends his wife it means he is invested in her well-being because he loves and respects her. This is what some people hate to see the most. For months they said why doesn’t Harry defend Meghan (as if it was proof that he really doesn’t care for her) and when he does it’s wrong. Constantly moving the goalpost because of a dislike for Meghan must be exhausting. This suit is about exposing the tabloids and ultimately changing the narrative created by the tabloids with malicious intent to vilify Meghan.

  36. otaku fairy.... says:

    “There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level…Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. ” So much truth here. Powerful.

  37. Aa says:

    The timing of this is important and proactive. Harry knew as soon as they got back from tour the tabloids would be back on the attack. They way even the non-tabloid Royal reporters talked about Archie leading up to the tour was appalling. That child was talked about as a product that the Harry and Meghan were expected to sell or else the media would trash them. That these people didn’t have alarm bells going off in their head when they were talking about Meghan’s child as less than human is very telling.

  38. Valiantly Varnished says:

    That statement made my day yesterday. It was an emotional day overall for me with the verdict in the Botham Jean case and then this. What I liked most about what Harry said was how much it has affected Meghan. I dont think people truly understand the emotional toll racism takes on POC. She pit on a brave face because that’s what you do. You get up and keep going. But it’s painful.

    • Abby says:

      yes yes and yes. I live in Dallas, was so happy about the Botham Jean case. FINALLY SOMETHING GOOD.

    • Lady D says:

      How come the jury decides the length of her incarceration and not the judge? Or did I read that wrong? FTR, I want her to get the 99 years. The fact that the jury unanimously decided it was murder gives me hope.

    • Giddy says:

      I was so grateful for that verdict. I hope she goes away for a very long time.

    • Joanna says:

      I’m so glad about the Botham Jean case as well. I felt like I would lose it if she didn’t get convicted of murder. And it really pissed me off to see her playing the scared white girl, saying he came at her aggressively! First, I don’t believe it. Accountants are not known for being aggressive, plus she is a small white woman. Any black man knows better than to “be aggressive” w a white woman. It makes me sick as a white woman to see other white people doing that. And how the hell did she NOT know it wasn’t her apartment when she walked in! She could have said, omg, I’m sorry, I thought this was my apartment and turned and walked out. And imo, she had a higher obligation as a police officer to assess the situation and react appropriately. Which she clearly did not. To me, her racism showed itself by her acts that night.

      • Your Cousin Vinny says:

        @joanna, I read the defence about Botham coming at her “aggressively” and thinking hello! An intruder just entered his house unannounced! It sounds like a natural reaction to a perceived threat. It doesn’t matter who the intruder was, he would have been startled and had a right to protect his home. For all he knew there were others coming in right behind her.

  39. L84Tea says:

    GOOD FOR THEM. This is huge actually. And I’m so happy to see Harry standing up for his family. I think throwing in the bit about seeing what can happen when people are no longer viewed as human was what needed to be said. The media has treated her like a punching bag for the last year with no regard for her feelings. They have absolutely forgotten that she is a human being.

  40. Cee says:

    This is a bold move from the Sussexes but they do need to stand up for themselves whenever they do have a case against the tabloid media in the UK.
    Meghan truly is the most intelligent person to marry into that family. She is a chess master and, in turn, has made the Markles a toxic source of information. Thomas Markle selling her letter gave her the opening she needed to sue the Mail on Sunday and parent company.

  41. S808 says:

    Also the part about it not being the safe option made my blood run cold. Either it not being the physically safe option or it not being the easier/cop out option I’m angry and kinda scared for them lmao. maybe I’m being dramatic but that part really struck me.

  42. Erin says:

    Don’t be fooled – they Royal Family loves this. What better way to distract from Andrew? Not only a lawsuit, but a lawsuit & a full statement from Harry himself. The press will be so busy attacking Meghan (and to a lesser degree Harry) for daring to fight back, nobody will be thinking about Prince Pedo for a good while.

    • Mego says:

      This needn’t distract anyone from focussing on Andrew and the investigation into the allegations against him nor should it. That said Andrew is now benefitting a bit from his unpopularity. No ones cares enough about him to care about his crimes in the court of public opinion. Hopefully the justice system will prevail.

  43. sa says:

    The statement about the lawsuit says it is being privately funded. Is that a normal detail to include when members of the royal family sue or is that a reaction to all criticisms about their spending?

    • HK9 says:

      I think it’s a reaction to the criticisms about spending. It’s amazing how people act as if those “numbers” are fact when we know it’s not.

      • sa says:

        Thanks. I was hoping that it was a detail that was always included, because while it may be wise to cut off criticism of spending before it starts, it’s sad to think that the attacks are winning even to the extent of forcing them to explain their spending more than the rest of the royal family does.

  44. MsIam says:

    Good for them! I’m surprised they waited this long to file suit. Gossip is one thing but this was out of control entitlement and racism by the press. But ultimately, it does lie with us in the public to stop feeding this monster by clicking and buying.

  45. Mego says:

    The letter made made very very sad. I’m sad that it had to be written. I’m sad for the pain and suffering the abusive tabloids have caused Harry and especially Meghan. I am extremely disheartened by the lack of empathy and compassion on the part of their critics – Penny Junor’s comment about this really made my blood boil but why should I expect anything but from her? 🙄

    They should not be experiencing this. Harry shouldn’t have to be writing these letters and lawsuits shouldn’t need to be filed yet I am glad they are standing up to the bullying. #istandwiththesussexes

  46. Hermione says:

    I applaud H&M for standing up to the racist bullying by the British tabloids. Praying they are victorious in their lawsuit. For those who think H&M should remain quiet and carry on cause the tabloids will only make things worse, you’re wrong. At some point you just get “sick and tired” of the bullshit. . I suppose POC should have just kept quiet and not marched and protested for their civil rights. Racist bullying takes a toll and at some point you have to stand up and fight for yourself. Cause no one else will.

    • lanne says:

      There were lots of people who thought black people shouldn’t speak up for civil rights, that white people “weren’t ready” and to “give them time.” Utter B.S. The haters aren’t acting on rational beliefs, so expecting rational action from them is futile. They will always move the goalposts so they can keep their hate. They certainly haven’t let up on the Sussexes with them NOT speaking out, so like someone said earlier, they have nothing to lose.

  47. Cg2495 says:

    About F time! I’m glad they did this and hope they win! They have a good lego to stand on regarding the letter and as other have said, 50/50 on the other complaints.
    The abuse Meghan has faced has been disgusting and needs to be called out more.
    Piers Morgan is a d*** by the by.

  48. MellyMel says:

    Good for them!! She has been bullied nonstop and even though this won’t stop it completely, I think it’s a change in the right direction. Also, Harry’s letter broke my heart and reminded me that they are humans with feelings like the rest of us. I can’t imagine the pain Meghan’s gone through with all the racist & dumb attacks made on the daily, to her father and sister being absolutely deplorable. She’s a strong woman for sure (or at least putting on a brave face).

  49. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    While I don’t think this is going to change much about how the tabloids operate in the long run, I am so glad to see them stand up for themselves against both the tabloid media and the BRF. It probably feels refreshing just to get off the it probably feels refreshing just to get off their chests. ir chests. It also has to be great for their marriage for Megan to see that Harry will stand up for her even if they don’t expect it to get far.

  50. Loretta says:

    Finally!
    Powerful statement from Harry and I was so sad when I red “I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long” all this it must be so heartbreaking for Meghan. I’m so sorry for her

  51. Vanessa says:

    I remember when the daily mail dropped the letter they used the words exclusively and had a handwriting expert exclaims the letter. And surprise the handwriting experts said that Meghan is a attention seeker and the letter was not genuinely at all she doesn’t really care about her dad . I hope Meghan and Harry win their lawsuit the daily mail and those so called royal reporters have been downright awful and disgusting towards Meghan they have willfully and gleefully help stroke the racist abuse towards Meghan since after the wedding. Day after day they write malicious lies about Meghan knowingly that she can’t respond they have created this narrative of Meghan character they have been successfully in demonized so much . That most people believe everything that the press said bad about her .

  52. Angie says:

    It’s sad that they have to do this all by themselves because no one in the family will lift a finger to help them… Like if they didn’t do this it would all just continue like it is now. I wonder if this will finally make Charles or William say something? I don’t understand why at least Charles won’t say something, and the queen could do for them what she does for Andrew but she doesn’t.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Charles and William HAVE complained about the treatment of Meghan before . . . only they shoe-horned in Kate as a co-victim, and made it equally about her. As if criticizing Kate for being lazy is the same level of bullying as the racist campaign lodged against Meghan. We can’t have a “black lives matter” moment without some privileged white person jumping in and shouting “I’m a victim too!”

      • Moose says:

        There are stories in the press this morning (not that i’ve clicked on them) stating that Harry ignored advice from senior officials, Charles and William and released the statement on his own. I expect he was so fed up with all of them not wanting to support his biracial wife and expecting her to just put-up-and-shut-up that he felt it is just the two (3!) of them that have to stand up for themselves….

        I’m so disappointed if BP, KP & CH were not willing to support H&M when they willingly send out regular statements regarding botox, wiglets and pedophiles….

  53. Bettyrose says:

    Harry’s bit is stunningly well written. I don’t doubt the sentiments are all his, but he’s somewhat famously not “book smart.” They must have at least one good PR/editorial person on staff.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      I’m surprised (and disappointed) such a rude comment about Harry came from you. :-(

      • kelleybelle says:

        Agree completely. Totally unnecessary. Shitty in fact. Every bit of that statement is Harry.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I didn’t intend it as rude. I teach English and the prose was impressively polished. I honestly meant they’ve done a good job building their team (in light of all the laughable PR we’ve seen from the RF). But I did write the comment before coffee.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      It is probably the truth as the Sussex Household has paid professionals in all things to advise and help in getting “things”as perfect as possible.

    • wisdomheaven says:

      It is also possible that maybe he is not a bad writer? People like to tar Harry as not being very smart but he has shown time and again that his marks in school don’t equal his intelligence.

      According to the RRs, Harry wrote this himself and refused to let anyone on his staff or advisors assist.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      If someone is involved in a lawsuit, it would be stupid NOT to have their public comments on the lawsuit reviewed by a professional.

    • JC says:

      I agree with you. Harry has never been this articulate in his entire life. No way he wrote that.

      Nothing wrong with getting help if writing is not your strong point. But don’t even kid yourselves. There is NO WAY Harry wrote that.

  54. Faithmobile says:

    Bravo! Well played. “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented”. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (30 Sep 1928-2016

  55. lanne says:

    Where the HELL is the Royal Family in this? Their silence is deafening. Are they really that stupid? Their silence would be acceptable if they were always silent, but we know they are not. they will visibly support the Pedophile, complain about Kate maybe using Botox, but say nothing about the 3 years of racist treatment? Do they have any people of color on their staff at all (I suspect not). Can you IMAGINE the story the Sussexes could tell if they left the RF completely? The memoirs they could write about their treatment inside the palace? If the Commonwealth is already a shaky structure (as it should be), how does “Queen-appointed Royal Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors bullied out of their own family” sound? I can’t for the life of me imagine the royal family allowing that to happen. I often wonder what the tabloids and the RF’s endgames are with this treatment of Meghan, but now I think that they don’t have any endgame at all: the tabloids want to continue to bully Meghan to their hearts desire, and the RF want them to take it as “payment” for the privilege of being a part of the RF. But perhaps being in the RF isn’t such a privilege after all. The Sussexes have cultivated powerful friends and allies and I think they could build a life much bigger than the RF. Could the Cambridges handle the competition then (because it’s the brothers’ fate to be compared for the rest of their lives, and first born means jack all outside the RF)?

  56. JanetFerber says:

    Good, and I hope they win. Trolling is never a good look for a newspaper, even if they are a rag. Make them pay and give the money to charity. Teach all the jerks a lesson.

  57. Rogue says:

    Curious about the timing of the lawsuit announcement but totally support this action – there will be few occasions where they will have a strong case against the media as public figures so should take the chance when they can. I’m not here for respectability politics and staying quiet in face of such hostility, largely because of Meghan’s mixed race heritage.

    For those who think this will lead to worse press -how much worse can it be? Harry acknowledges that this isn’t the safe option but not sure press can do much worse – the coverage has been that bad and I’ve seen people from politicians, journalists, sportspeople and anti-monarchists call it out since yesterdays’ statement. As long as anti Meghan stories get clicks, the murkier press won’t change -these stories are profitable for them. Only real change may be possibly the more mainstream publications who have joined the tabloids in the mud, will be more measured to not be associated with such toxic coverage. And yes “respectable” media like the BBC, The Times, Telegraph has joined in the pile on. Maybe there will be more fact checking and actual journalism by other outlets instead of copying and pasting.

    The Queen sued the Sun and got an apology and donation to charity after they published a letter of hers in the 90s and Prince Charles won case against the Fail relating to publication of his diary so despite what reporters are saying, there is very much precedent for this action in the royal family. Breach of copyright seems a straight forward win – on BBC show today a lawyer was suggesting Meghan’s case sounded very strong and that it was possible that the Fail just ignored legal advice and went by “publish and be damned”. Harry alluded to hands being tied in his statement. Maybe the Mail didn’t think there would be any consequences to their publishing, believing the Sussexes were being restrained.

    My guess is there will be an out of court settlement and from IPSO note on the Sussexes’ recent victory against the Sun over fake parking story, they are pushing for front page apologies. Will be interesting to see if they get this if they win.

    As to whether it is worth it – I’d guess that Meghan would feel there are positives to her situation that aren’t just about luxury home etc. Seems to have a loving little unit with Harry and Archie. She also seems to really enjoy the job aspect. As for being part of the royal family that hasn’t had her back – not like she’s unfamiliar with toxic family members. I imagine her father’s public betrayal & collusion with the press has been the worst of all of this. If Sussexes did decide to give up royal family duties I would hope it’s totally their choice – I think it would be a shame if racist press drove her out of this position – would be like haters have won.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Here is the kicker for me: I do not think the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday (Fails) really care what they publish as long as what they print feeds the Fails commentariat and generates at least 3.5K comments per articles.

      The lawsuit may slap the hands of the Mail on Sunday but it will not change the minds or opinions of 55% of the Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail (Fails) commentariat who do not “care” for Meghan.

      I hope the lawsuit is successful for Sussexes and does slow down the tabloids but the haters are still out there and haters live to hate.

      Put another way: Donald J. Chump can be thrown out of office (Fail loses law suit) but the MAGA people who elected him (commentariat of The Fails) are still living & voting in the USA (actively disliking the House of Sussex). The Fails are only a symptom. The Fails are not the disease.

      • MsIam says:

        You don’t think the “Fail commentariat” wanted to know more about Rose? But they didn’t hear a peep after William played the lawsuit card. So no, I don’t think it’s all about clicks and $$$. These people are not stupid. My money is on them going after poor Beatrice and the son of the “skiing aristocrat” next. If they go after Meghan it will be on the sly. And I think H&M are fine with that, they are not asking for radio silence from the press. Just not the out of control madness they have exhibited so far.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @MsIam, I never thought it was Normal Bill that scared off the Daily Fail. Until I hear or read different with receipts, I will always believe it was Cholmondeley’s that scared off or heavily influenced the Daily Fail regarding ‘Rose Who?”.

        No! I do not have a receipt. This is just my gut feeling.

    • Nic919 says:

      The Mail lawyers would have already told them the risk of printing that letter. They took a calculated risk because they know the likely amount they would have to pay in damages won’t be anywhere near the profit they made from publishing that letter.

  58. kerwood says:

    WELL PLAYED.

    This is all symbolic. They know they can’t stop the media from attacking Meghan. What the Sussex family is saying is ‘we will not take this shit lying down’. The media was so blinded by racism that they broke the law and now they’re going to pay.

    This has also shut down Toxic Markle and his hideous daughter. Nobody is going to want to touch him after this.

    This is ALL Harry. Meghan’s been a woman of colour all her life; she knows the deal. The intensity is probably more than she expected but she went through something similar when it was revealed that her character on Suits was bi-racial.

    But this is all new for Harry. One of the most privileged men on the planet feels what every Black man and woman feels. He realizes that he can’t protect his family from the racist ugliness of the world. That’s a hard lesson to learn.

    It’s clear that this has also been a triggering experience for Harry. He was a little boy when his mother was chased to her death (aided by a drunk driver). He probably saw all the nastiness in the press, especially the stuff about him not being Charles’ son. He couldn’t protect his mother but he sure as shit is ready to protect his wife and son.

    Oh, and all those people who were predicting that the Sussexes were on the verge of breaking up? I think Harry has made it clear to the whole world that he’s not only standing by his woman, he’s ready to take on the world to protect her.

  59. Sof says:

    “Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe.”

    Yes, I’ve noticed for a while now that unfortunately the “Duchess Difficult” stories are told as true by some Latin American media outlets. I guess clicks are clicks for them, they don’t care about the person being targeted.

    • A says:

      This is the crux of the matter. No, the stories about Meghan aren’t true. But they aren’t intended to be. They are intended to craft a specific image about a person. The press stories about Meghan are intended to paint her in a negative light to the lay person who probably doesn’t consume royal news in depth. They are smearing her reputation and making her into someone she’s not, and that’s awful.

  60. aquarius64 says:

    I read Samantha has reopen her Twitter account and tweeting up a storm, tagging the news outlets. She’s scared the Fail will sacrifice the Daddy in the lawsuit and it will cut off the income stream for good.

  61. FredsMother says:

    All these people on here saying they are ‘worried’ for Harry and Meghan… don’t like his White Knight Tone… she should leave, they shouldn’t have done this.. the backlash will come, bad strategy… Ya not worried!!! You don’t care about Meghan. You were never her ally. You’re worried about you. Your position in White Britain. What you feel uncomfortable with—the reason you feel unease, squirming on this here internet– is the fact that the very visible Black Duchess and her husband are setting a precedent saying no more grace, forbearance, no more laying down and accepting racism. Fight back. You hate to see Black people, women fight back. Now y’all have to be scared because so many Black women, young and old, can take strength from Meghan’s brave actions and will start fighting back!! Yes. Brave. Because Americans may fight back on racism. But Black British people rarely do. They are cowed, made to fear.

    And let’s be clear, you ‘worriers’ are mostly British. Racism is a taboo word in the UK. You have made Black people in the UK scared to use the word racism to describe your behaviour. Look at Naga and the BBC trying to shut her down, telling a woman of colour she can’t speak about racism as the host of a BBC show.

    Thanks to Meghan, in the UK, hopefully there’ll be more law suits, more discussions in the open, more shutting down of racist tabloids, and ‘worriers’ who fear their exalted position of White entitlement and privilege are being challenged, and also, sadly the Black ‘worriers’ who have internalised racism, and fear losing their seat at the White Man’s table if they complain to much and too loudly.

    I see you ‘worriers’.

  62. Le4Frimaire says:

    Hope they win and that it’s not some token some, but in the 7 figures. I love the part where he mentioned the British press’ piddling little bit of positive headlines for the trip when they and everyone else knows how awful and biased coverage has been for the past three years. We know how awful headlines would be when they get back to England ,whether or not this lawsuit was filed. Good for him and good for them.
    The press over there is so blinkered while the whole world sees them showing their racist ass time and time again . I hope Harry and Meghan increase their public events and are everywhere, looking fabulous and glowing , when they get back to U.K..

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I think we (especially me) need to be careful and refer to the “British Tabloid Press” not the “British Press”. There is nothing in the USA that compares to The Daily Mail. The New York Post comes close but has limited readership outside of greater NYC; the Daily Fail has a national circulation throughout the UK.

      The USA really has no “serious” tabloid press. No one believes the National Enquirer, The Globe or The Examiner, we just read them in checkout lines and at the salon of our hairdresser.

      I have had several UK friends to correct me and say it is the “tabloid press” not the “press” that are obsessed with the BRF. The Times and The Financial Times are considered excellent newspapers

      • Becks1 says:

        I have seen this a few times now – that its the “tabloids” and not “the british press” but its worth pointing out that in the age of twitter and the internet, the line between the two is increasingly blurred. It’s hard to tell from reading online what is a tabloid and what isn’t, especially when the same reporters who post pure crap also do cover the actual royal news. It’s not as cut and dry as some make it out to be.

        royal reporters are sort of a separate beast unto themselves. That’s why that Times story in April was so interesting – it was not from a “royal reporter” (the one about William wanting to “exile” Harry and Meghan.) It’s not necessarily about how reputable a particular paper/magazine is. It’s the reporters who work for them and who feed into this frenzy.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Becks1, You make several excellent points which I totally agree with. I was just passing on explanations given to me by friends in Norfolk, Kent & Leicestershire, England.

  63. Nicole says:

    I don’t get the feeling Meghan played the DM or her dad by writing the letter… I think she just genuinely likes to write letters to express herself and was blindsided he would use this letter against her (especially since it contains receipts against him….. which is why the DM only released bits of it) the tabloids are vultures…. But I mean. Meghan’s DAD did this. Is it bad that I want them to sue him too?

    I saw a retraction on the parking lot story in the news this weekend too. I bet they threatened suit there but the DM backed off of that story.

    • Lina says:

      There was another site where deranged commenters were screeching that it was all a ploy because who writers letters using calligraphy??? Um, just because you write in barely legible chickens scratch doesn’t mean everyone has to.

    • Mego says:

      I agree that is rather ridiculous – that Meghan is engaged in a game of chess with her racist, misogynistic tormenters 🙄. I imagine the publication of that letter was hurtful and embarrassing rather than Dad played into her hand.

  64. Nikki* says:

    I am VERY HAPPY they did this, and I really admired both how the letter is written, and how they have built a good case. Team Sussexes 100%!

  65. Betsy says:

    I think this is a good idea. They acknowledge that though it may bite them on the butt, it’s the correct thing to do.

    I also like what I perceive to be shade cast at his brother. Perhaps his father and grandmother, too, but I can’t help but hear an undercurrent of “the press is doing this, but my own brother is feeding me them this stuff.” I don’t even know if it’s actually there, and I don’t want to discount the racism of the Royal reporters, but William should in theory be an ally.

  66. Bee says:

    I feel like this was STEP 1 in the process H&M are putting in place to leave Britain. I would not be surprised at all if within five years these two are living in Los Angeles.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I know this is a popular theme with haters and some stans, but this isn’t happening.
      Why should they leave, when they aren’t in the wrong here? They are living their lives, doing their jobs, and making serious headway already with their initial charitable pursuits.

      Harry, Meghan, and Archie would have absolutely no protections, legal or physical, if they left the UK. No, Harry cannot afford to pay for the level of security they need out of his inheritance, it isn’t large enough. Plus it makes Andrew Regent to PGTips if anything happens to William.

      • A says:

        THANK you. I don’t think that anyone who actually believes Harry would leave the RF fully understand the royal family. Harry will not be leaving at any point. I think he understands full well what his duty is to them, and he is prepared to do it. Anyone who actually thinks that he’ll up and leave isn’t cognizant of what the realities are.

      • blue36 says:

        I don’t think they would have a problem with Prince Andrew being regent to Prince George, I mean just look at how much effort they are putting into defending and protecting him, if that’s who they have prioritized in protecting than that’s the person who will stay in the RF and be the (temporary) future of the monarchy should anything happen to William.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No matter what has happened between the brothers, I don’t see Harry leaving his nephew at risk. That child is innocent.

    • kerwood says:

      @Bee. A lot of people WISH that the Sussexes would leave Britain and disappear into the United States. But Harry Windsor is a Prince of the Realm and sixth in line to the throne. He ain’t going anywhere. And neither is Meghan.

      • L4frimaire says:

        Kerwood, totally agree. It would be ridiculous for him give up his titles and privileges because some crusty old racist reporters don’t t like his wife or the fact they actually want to work and make an impact. It’s still only a year in the marriage and they just want to confront the worst of the stressors now, before it leads to deepening problems in the future. The issue isn’t their Royal status or roles, it’s those who are afraid and angry about what they represent.

  67. Rogue says:

    As I said the so called respectable Times has joined in the pile on. They published the pics from Cotswold home which forced the Sussexes to move. Tiara story came from them which Low couldn’t stand by on SM& I think was edited when the Queen looked bad, they had column calling Harry Prince Pu&£ywhipped last month and just before the tour had piece that said they needed to repair their damaged reputation and were facing questions about their marriage.

    The Telegraph had the Meghan’s mosque piece and recently the piece about not enough men or white women on Meghan’s Vogue.

    Clickbait and extreme discourse right now means UK press generally is in a sorry state.

    • A says:

      The Times and the Telegraph have both been right-wing newspapers with a distinctly right-wing slant to their op-eds. They love the royal family, but don’t like Meghan because she isn’t white, isn’t an aristocrat, and is an immigrant. Of COURSE the Telegraph has their panties in a bunch. Of COURSE they complained about the Vogue cover. This shows that the racism displayed by the tabloids isn’t just confined to the tabloids alone. They’re just more shouty and less refined about these things. But the Times and the Telegraph, using their veneer of respectability, have been advancing those same sorts of opinions for a while now. You only have to look at their Brexit coverage to know this.

      This is why I don’t really accept the idea that it’s the British TABLOID press that has it in for her. No. It’s the British press, specifically certain elements of the British press that have always been hostile to women like Meghan, or anyone who runs counter to their idea of a lily white little England image. The tabs are just more disgusting about it, more willing to print untruths, but those untruths are based on actual prejudices people have, and those are absolutely shared by the Times and the Telegraph.

      • Rogue says:

        Thanks A, totally agree with your points. I brought up Times& Telegraph as some posts above were saying it’s just the tabloids being usual trash and my point is broadsheets etc have been bad too. so guess that’s why the bad press has had such reach.

        It’s hilarious how defensive the royal press pack are right now & people are talking about the vitriol of the statement& how personal it was. Ironic much! These people can dish it but can’t take it.

        And yes difference in press treatment is palpable. You’d think it’s because William is the heir but the press has never been nearly as kind to Charles. I wonder if aside from his causes which were unpopular initially, its because Charles was awkward looking whereas William used to look like Diana.

      • Moose says:

        @A, you are absolutley right, it is the British PRESS not just the tabloids that have this agenda to portray Meghan in a negative light… it is a real sorry state of affairs and something really needs to be done to rein in this type of media, self regulation clearly isn;t working…

    • L4frimaire says:

      That P-whipped article was a reaction to Meghan going to the US Open. Because they crowd cheered her, she looked unapologetic, and she sat w/Serena’s crew, they said she had no interest in the UK or some nonsense. Seriously, this is the level of coverage in a so- called respected paper of record. They can all go kick rocks.

  68. bitchyarchitect says:

    this bitch is super pumped that they are taking a stand against the awful treatment she has received from the press on a daily basis. what is mind blowing to me is that the press was actually worse (IMO) while she was pregnant than leading up to the wedding. Silly me I thought they might give her a break while she was pregnant since stressing out a preggo lady can actually cause real physical harm. i am syched to watch them kick the RR’s teeth out. #m&hstan

  69. celialarson12 says:

    I had been a daily reader of the DM for about 20 years and have stopped completely reading it , as the last 2 years have been an eye opener about the antics of these so called ” journalists ” and the “news” they produce.
    Hopefully Meghan suing and Harry`s letter will be another nail in the coffin for some of the ” tabloids aka newspapers.” People need to stand up to bullies and while there maybe casualities at least it may help create a better world for the future generations.

    Sad to say this but I agree with a few of the “journalists” who have hinted that the attacks on Meghan are family originated. This family is all about the heir and overshadowing the heir is a no,no. Her problems are compounded by the fact that Meghan with her personality and background encountered not mediocre as most people tend to say but camatose with no original thought in place. What she did not understand was that she was supposed to be a token duchess, dim her light and if allowed to shine it was to make the future, futures look good. Not only does it seem like she refused to play this role but she made sure her husband did not continue to be used in this way. What is worse is that the overshadowing does not seem like it will stop any time soon and that is one of the reasons somebody wants Meghan out hence Harry`s hint of dark forces. He understands what happened to his mother.

    Another reason for lack of intervention from the family is fear of the exposure of the tonnes of skeletons in the family. I think while most people think they are powerful, just imagine if the onslaught that Meghan has suffered is turned on the whole family. How long would the monarchy last ?

  70. Nightsky says:

    Sadly, I think it was inevitable it would come to this. The way her father and family and the press (British press in particular) have treated Meghan has been abominable and very low brow, all along. And got much worse once she became pregnant. So good for her and Harry for taking a hard stand and fighting back. What I want to know is whether Daddy Dearest is culpable in all this? He sold the letter, something he had no legal right to do….so can he be sued too? I doubt H and M would do that as, treacherous and toxic or not, he is still family. But did he not break the law? Could he be charged or sued??

    • Rogue says:

      @nightsky a legal expert on the news was saying the unlawful act is the publication of the letter without Meghan’s (the copyright owners) consent. Thomas Markle selling the letter, talking about its content wouldn’t be an issue but it’s the reproduction of it that is the problem.

      • Nightsky says:

        Ah, thank you for clarifying Rogue. I thought perhaps the issue would be him selling the letter to a media outlet in order to have it published. But I see what you’re saying….he was not the one to actually publish it. Too bad he’s not liable too as he and that awful sister could use a good legal thwack after all the unsavory crap they’ve pulled. And will no doubt continue to pull. Anything to make a buck and be the center of attention.

  71. HeyThere! says:

    I love Meghan and Harry together…if anyone has a problem with all the positive things they have been doing to help the underprivileged population, well, they can just SIT DOWN! I’m over this. Can we(and by we I mean the racist people who have an issue with Meghan) let this beautiful human spread love and raise her newborn?!?! UGH. Save your rage for people who deserve it.

  72. A says:

    I’m so happy for them doing this. I don’t think this measure is to fix anything. I think the measure is to send a message to the royal reporters, to let them know that they won’t take this stuff lying down. I know people think this won’t make a difference or could make things worse, but I don’t know how many of those same people have actually stood up to bullies before. Sticking up for yourself, especially in this context, makes a world of difference. Especially if you do it properly, and this is absolutely the way to do it properly.

    Also, the difference in the treatment of H&M vs. Will and Kate is palpable. William only had to THREATEN legal action, and it was enough to shut that sh-t down. H&M had to actually go through with it. What this says, to me, is that the press chooses to treat William and Kate with a great deal more deference vs. Harry and Meghan, whom they probably see as fair game. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Meghan is a WOC and the press is just inclined to respect her less by default than they are anyone who’s white. But also consider that Meghan doesn’t have the same aristocratic connections that Willy’s bed-hopping escapade does, which means that people are more inclined to leak whereas the aristocrats absolutely closed ranks around William and protected him and Kate (they can be a tight-lipped bunch when they want to be). And then there’s the fact that the press is just cashing in on the same familiar dichotomy they’ve built up for decades, which is that William is the stable, mature, “royal” one out of the two, and Harry is the constant f-ck up. They’ll protect the reputation of the future king, but they’ll use the spare as a punching bag. It’s disgusting.

    • A says:

      Also, I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, I love how Meghan is choosing to handle the press. I don’t think she wrote the letter with the intention of it being used like this. I think she genuinely expressed her heartfelt disappointment with her father. But I think that getting her friends to set the record straight that YES, she DID in fact contact her father after the stunt he pulled, and that there’s proof of it that’s out there, was done purposefully, with the knowledge that the tabloids couldn’t resist, and Tom would sell out on her again. She set the record straight, and they did all the work for her, which is…*chefs kiss*

  73. L4frimaire says:

    It’s funny the articles saying how dumbstruck and defensive the Royal reporters are,and how could they do this after a week of such glowing coverage to restore their “ tarnished reputation”. Talk about collective amnesia. Guess the past 3 years never happened. When they’re not smearing or lying about the Sussex’s, the best they can do is begrudge. I don’t read him but heard Piers was beside himself and ranting about Hollywood and how they deserve the racist nastiness , acting like he personally got served divorce papers along with the lawsuit. Pathetic.

  74. Mego says:

    Katie Concern Troll Nichol has weighed in at Vanity Fair. Why VF keeps her around is beyond me.

  75. Evji108 says:

    The backlash against Meghan Markle marrying into the lily-white pure-blooded English/German Royal Family reminds me of the backlash against President Obama and his wife stepping into the American Presidency. Seeing that black family taking over the White House just grated on a certain type of white society’s sensibilities and ingrained notions of propriety, racial and social position. Across the Atlantic how dare a mixed race American divorcee marry into the pinnacle of the British aristocracy? To see her received with deference in the highest circles of British society is just too much for certain people to bear and brings out their ugliest tendencies . British aristocracy is based on the cultural superiority of the white colonial overlords that over a span of some three centuries held dominion over millions of brown and black people under the sovereignty of the crown of Great Britain and the administration of the British government. English aristocracy was literally built on the back-breaking labor of these people. The little people who were governed by the British always knew their place at the bottom of the social ladder and Meghan stepping into the upper ranks of the remains of Empire just rankles. Having said that, I do think that the Royal Family by accepting her into their ranks is trying to modernize the English monarchy by changing with the times and being more inclusive. The British royals are survivors and perhaps misjudged the backlash, but I think in the end this will work if Harry and Meghan can tough it out, but it may take a few rough years.

  76. blunt talker says:

    I think the Queen and Prince Charles could shut this negative tabloid press down with a simple cease/desist letter or statement. If you want cover their work here and abroad fine, anything else when they are not working as royals is off limits. I am beginning to think like the other posters have stated-the Sussexes don’t have the true support from the royal family as they should have. If they could support an accused pedo-Andy, which destroyed other people mentally and physically- they certainly should support Meghan/Harry from the onslaught of negative stories that are false. I am praying this family receives justice and some sort of peace from the hatred they have been experiencing for over 3 years. A press release from Buckingham Palace on false reports would go along way of dispelling ugly and false stories about the Sussexes.

  77. blunt talker says:

    One more little tidbit-Prince Andrew is down in Australia on some type of business. I wonder if he is trying to pay off that girl’s family. Everything is so hush hush.

  78. Sarah says:

    The Daily Mail has ruined the reputation of Eastern Europeans for years so happy to hear they are being sued! Hope they have to make a big payout and then file for insolvency haha