After a privacy lawsuit, Meghan will earn one pound in damages

After a privacy lawsuit, Meghan will earn one pound in damages

The minimal sum was stated in court documents confirming the newspaper's defeat.

Meghan wrote her father, Thomas Markle, a letter in 2018.

The media corporation will also pay an undisclosed sum for another copyright infringement.

Associated Newspapers had previously indicated it could appeal to the Supreme Court, but it has now conceded defeat.

The High Court ruled against the newspaper company in February on privacy and copyright problems, stating the issues were so clear-cut that no full hearing was required.
Associated Newspapers was denied permission to appeal, but appealed to the Court of Appeal to overturn the previous judgement.
The Court of Appeal denied Associated Newspapers' request for a trial in December.

The appeal judges stated it was difficult to understand how a trial would have changed the outcome.

"While it may have been fair to publish a tiny part of the letter… it was not essential to publish half the contents of the letter," they continued.

To quote an Associated Newspapers spokesman, "We believe that in a hotly fought matter, judgement should be rendered only after the evidence has been tested at trial."

In a post-decision statement, the duchess asked people to "reshape a tabloid industry that benefits off the lies and grief they produce".

According to the Mail on Sunday, the Mail on Sunday could be forced to pay for a large portion of Meghan's legal fees, which could exceed £1m.
The £1 may seem insignificant, but Meghan's goal was more about the idea than the reward.

Even before the Mail on Sunday's appeal was heard, her attorneys indicated they would only seek minor damages.

Maybe the paper got a deal out of the legal debate over whether it should be £1 or £5.

Those sums were in addition to a legal battle costing £1.5m.

Undeniably, the token privacy payment was outweighed by the copyright claim.

Plus, the newspaper had to run a front-page storey about her win in court.

It was more than a poundshop triumph.
The duchess's privacy case was weak, according to media lawyer Mark Stephens.

An violation of privacy normally costs between £75,000 and £125,000, he added. "It does show that she had effectively breached her own privacy in the curation of her reputation."

Lawyer David Hooper told The Daily Beast that accepting the £1 would have prevented a huge fight on the magnitude of the damage.

"She just wanted to establish a principle and get her legal fees covered, even if she's still lost half a million pounds."