Meghan Markle just suffered yet another setback in court, with a senior judge calling her out as her legal battle against a British newspaper publication continues.
The U.K. Mirror reported that Mr. Justice Warby said that both Meghan and Associated Newspapers have been fighting a “tit-for-tat” PR battle in his courtroom, and he’s sick of the nonsense that has been coming from both sides. Though he gave Meghan a victory in ruling that the identities of her five friends that spoke to a magazine about her should be protected, he did not have kind words for the duchess as he did so.
“It is… clear that neither side has, so far, been willing to confine the presentation of its case to the courtroom,” Warby said. “Both sides have demonstrated an eagerness to play out the merits of their dispute in public, outside the courtroom, and primarily in media reports.”
Not stopping there, Warby had a warning for both Meghan and Associated Newspapers.
“This will be a judge-alone trial, not a trial by jury,” he said. “But to fight proceedings in court and through litigation PR or sensational reporting at one and the same time is not designed to enhance understanding of the legal process. For a party to file and immediately publicize prejudicial and partisan characterizations of the other’s litigation conduct in the media before a hearing certainly does not assist.”
The senior judge went on to add that the coverage “has selectively highlighted aspects of the defendant’s case and features of the claimant’s case that are novel and interesting to the public.
“The focus is on sensational reporting of information that happens to be contained in the claimant’s statements of case,” Warby explained.
Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers for publishing a letter that she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, that she said was meant to be confidential. After the publication of this letter, five of Meghan’s friends spoke out to PEOPLE Magazine to defend her.
Warby ruled today that “for the time being at least,” Meghan would be granted an injunction to protect the identities of these friends. However, he added that this was an “interim decision,” indicating that it could change in the future.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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