Meghan Markle has hired the same lawyer who represented her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
Last week, the first hearing in the Duchess of Sussex’s lawsuit against British tabloids started, and she’s brought in a heavy hitter who has handled this type of situation before. According to media and communications law firm, 5RB, David Sherborne will be joining Markle’s legal team in her case against Associated Newspapers. AN is the owner of media outlets, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. The Duchess is suing the publications over the misuse of private information, breach of data protection, and infringement of copyright action, according to InStyle magazine.
Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, and more have also hired Sherborne as their representative. The outlet reports that Sherborne is well-versed in privacy cases, and has a history of representing clients against Associated Newspapers.
Court documents that were revealed last week showed Markle is accusing The Mail on Sunday for embarrassing her father, Thomas Markle. The pre-trial hearing was held remotely, and a virtual court hearing was held in London using a video link. In a statement, Sherborne discussed Markle’s cases. “Following this public shaming by the [Mail on Sunday], Mr. Markle suffered cardiac problems on 14 May, an event which [Meghan] only discovered because her father issued a public statement to that effect through the American tabloid website [TMZ]. Even after the wedding, and her father’s failure to attend as a result of his shaming, the [Mail on Sunday] continued to publish further articles, stirring up issues between [Meghan] and her father,” he reportedly wrote.
The case mostly revolves around a private letter Markle wrote to her father following her 2018 wedding. Markle claims the Daily Mail invaded her privacy by publishing the letter. She and her father have not communicated since the wedding. Days before Markle’s wedding, photos emerged of Thomas preparing for his daughter’s wedding by getting fitted for his suit, studying British culture, and more. The Mail on Sunday then put out an article saying the photos were staged, claiming Thomas was the centerpiece of a publicity stunt. Markle said her father suffered a heart attack as a result of the scrutiny and would no longer be able to attend the ceremony.