Meghan Markle today filed a request for a Supreme Court order to prevent anyone from naming her five female friends who informed People Magazine about her relationship with Thomas Markle and a letter from the former Suits star to her estranged father.
The five women, whose gender was previously unknown until the Duchess revealed today, were listed as the sources of a People Magazine article in legal documents Meghan filed with the court last week in 2019, although their identities were not revealed. made.
The article is at the basis of her privacy and copyright case against the Mail on Sunday because it was the first time a letter had been revealed that the Duchess had written to her father Thomas.
The Mail On Sunday claims that revelation and the misleading impression it gave the letter gave Thomas the right to publish more of the Sunday handwritten note in the Mail to defend themselves after their relationship had become hopelessly alienated after Meghan’s marriage to Harry in May 2018.
But Meghan insists she had no idea that one of her friends had only spoken to People Magazine afterwards.
All five women are now facing the prospect of being dragged to the High Court in London next year to testify in the explosive privacy process. They will be asked to confirm under oath that the Duchess did not know in advance that they would speak to people.
The Mail on Sunday today denied Meghan Markle’s claims that they intended to name the five friends who informed People magazine when she filed a petition with the Supreme Court to keep their identity a secret
Thomas Markle spoke to the Mail on Sunday and shared his daughter’s letter after the friends spoke to People Magazine to ‘defend’ themselves – the group’s evidence is central to the Supreme Court battle
The five friends decided to “help” by anonymously giving interviews to People magazine, which has 35 million readers worldwide. Meghan insists she knew nothing about it
Meghan today filed a warrant against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline alleging that: “Associated Newspapers, the owner of The Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, is threatening to publish the names of five women – five citizens – who have made their own choice to speak anonymously to a US media channel more than a year ago, to defend myself against the bullying behavior of the British tabloid press.
“These five women are not on trial, and neither am I. The Mail publisher on Sunday is on trial. Each of these women is a citizen, a young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy. These five women are not on trial, and neither am I. The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is on trial. ‘
A spokesperson for The Mail on Sunday said today, “To make the record clear: The Mail on Sunday had absolutely no intention of publishing the identities of the five friends this weekend. But their evidence is at the heart of the matter, and we see no reason why their identity should be kept secret. That is why we told the Duchess’s lawyers last week that the matter of their confidentiality should be duly considered by the Court. ‘
The identities of the five friends have never been published, but Meghan’s Canadian best friend Jessica Mulroney is widely reported as one of the women believed to have spoken to people, including the Daily Telegraph and The Sun in the UK.
But Ms. Markle’s decision to recently “ dump ” Ms. Mulroney over allegations of racist harassment has fueled speculation today that the Canadian stylist may enlist the Duchess of Sussex ahead of next year’s Supreme Court battle.
Meghan apparently cut ties with Jessica, whom she met while filming Suits in Toronto, after black Canadian blogger Sasha Exeter said Mulroney used her ‘wealth and privileges’ to silence her and then her friendship with Meghan as mixed name dropped as proof that she was not racist.
Meghan’s publicists then informed reporters that the Duchess was “mortified” by her best friend’s behavior and that “she could no longer be associated with her.”
On Monday, a source near Ms. Mulroney told The Sun’s Dan Wootton that “Meghan has left her most loyal friend just to look awake,” adding, “She is completely distraught and devastated because Meghan has nothing done to stand up for her publicly. Jessica is terrified that she will never work again. ‘
The breakup has put a tremendous strain on their friendship at a time when Meghan’s legal battle with the Mail on Sunday over privacy boundaries towards next year’s alleged trial of the century would take place in London, where the Duchess of Sussex and her father would be deemed against each other to testify.
The Duchess of Sussex’s friendship with stylist Jessica Mulroney (pictured together in 2016) seems to be unbearably strained after a race in a row and could affect Meghan’s legal battle at the Supreme Court involving her estranged father Thomas. Jessica has long been associated with the group of Meghan’s friends who informed People of a letter sent to Thomas Markle – but never confirmed
Media attorney Mark Stephens, a partner at London’s Howard Kennedy, told MailOnline that if Jessica Mulroney is one of the group of friends who spoke to People Magazine, Ms. Markle and her legal team will be concerned that she will refuse to provide evidence or cause harm their case because they have now dropped out.
Canadian blogger Sasha Exeter said Mulroney threatened to ruin her career and then dropped in Meghan’s name as evidence that she was not racist
He said, “If Mrs. Mulroney is one of Meghan’s five friends, she will be a key witness to the case being brought to justice. She will have to testify that although the letter to Thomas Markle contained very personal information, she took on the task of informing People Magazine without Meghan knowing. All five will have to confirm that in court – and without Meghan’s case being below the waterline. ‘
In a People’s bombshell February 2018 interview, the five, who were described by the magazine as ‘a special sisterhood’, praise Meghan.
One of them – identified in court documents as ‘Friend A’ by Meghan – told the world about the letter she sent to her father in October 2018.
Meghan named her five friends to the Supreme Court on a confidential schedule that was kept secret. In a public document, she named them as Friends A to E.
She identified Friend A as the one who told People that the letter said, “Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have a father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can restore our relationship. ‘
Meghan claimed this was an “unfortunately inaccurate” rendition of her letter, repeatedly emphasizing that she knew nothing about her best friends’ decision to go public.
This is after Jessica Mulroney rushed Meghan Markle into an online racism row with social media influencer Sasha Exeter, putting pressure on their once incredibly close friendship
She released a list of those with whom she had discussed the “private” letter in the documents filed with the Supreme Court – two of her friends, Prince Harry, her mother Doria Ragland, the Kensington Palace (KP) press team and her lawyer.
Her lawyers told the High Court that she had told “some of her friends” that she had sent a letter, adding that she had also discussed “the contents of the letter” with her husband, her mother, friends A and C, the KP Communication team and its lawyer ‘.
In last week’s legal document, Meghan insisted more than a dozen times that she had no prior knowledge of her friends’ interview with People.
She added that she was not so involved in “the People article trial” that she only found out the day it was published.