Meghan Markle has won nominal damages of £1 from a UK media group after an appeals court ruled in in her favor over a privacy case.
Meghan Markle is slated to receive £1 (about $1.36) from the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday, according to a report from The Guardian. One of Britain’s biggest newspaper groups will be paying this amount for misuse of private information.
Aside from that, Associated Newspapers will have to pay a “confidential sum” for infringing her
copyright. A spokesperson for the former Suits actress revealed that the sum for copyright infringement was large.
Moreover, the spokesperson stated that the amount will be donated to charity. A lawyer for Associated divulged a written case order with details of last month’s finding by the Court of Appeal in London. For those who are unaware, the Associated publishes MailOnline and Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Associated will be paying £300,000 to Meghan Markle for legal costs, according to the order. Meanwhile, Associated is considering a further appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court. However, BBC claims that the “company has now accepted defeat in the long-running case”
Meghan Markle Acknowledges Court Win
After a notable legal win, Meghan spoke out against Associated Newspapers Limited. “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right,” she wrote in a statement on December 2.
“While this win is precedent setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
“From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong, the Bench author wrote in her message. “The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules.”
“The longer they dragged it out, the more they could twist facts and manipulate the public (even during the appeal itself), making a straightforward case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers — a model that rewards chaos above truth. In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation and calculated attacks.”
She went on to note that, the “courts ruled in my favor — again — cementing that The Mail on Sunday” broke the law after the judge rendered a verdict.
“The courts have held the defendant to account, and my hope is that we all begin to do the same,” she added. “Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it’s not. Tomorrow it could be you.”
“These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon — they are a daily fail that divide us, and we all deserve better.”