Meghan Markle Gets Front-Page Statement From Daily Mail

British tabloid doesn't exactly apologize, though
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2021 1:25 AM CST
Updated Dec 27, 2021 7:04 AM CST
Meghan Markle Earns a Front-Page Statement
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, salutes during the Global Citizen festival, on Sept. 25, 2021 in New York.   (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah, File)

Meghan Markle won her lengthy legal battle against the Mail on Sunday earlier this month, and on Sunday, she got a front-page statement from the British tabloid. The Mail and its associated website were ordered by a judge to acknowledge the win, and, following the ruling in Markle's favor being upheld in court Dec. 2, they did so Sunday, People reports. "The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online," the newspaper printed on its front page, along with a referral to an inside page explaining that the court found Markle's privacy and copyright were infringed upon when the tabloid printed excerpts of a letter she sent her father in 2018, shortly after she wed Prince Harry. BuzzFeed has an image of the front page.

The judge ordered the statement (which many sites are referring to as an apology, though no actual apology appears anywhere in it—TMZ calls it a "sorry not sorry") to appear on the Mail's online homepage for one week, with a link to the official judgment and summary, and you can see that here (the text on the actual homepage directing people to that page is quite buried). Some commenters were quick to note the timing of the statement being published the day after Christmas, when few people are reading the news. Markle will also get financial damages, as the tabloid has been ordered to pay 90% of her legal expenses, estimated at nearly $2 million. The Mail had said it was considering escalating the case to the UK Supreme Court, but as BuzzFeed notes, the publication of the statement "signal[s] that the company has finally admitted defeat." (More Duke and Duchess of Sussex stories.)

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