Months after her victory against a media outlet, Meghan Markle was forced to apologize to the court. The apology came after the revelation of private texts between her and her husband, Prince Harry.
It has been over a year since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to relinquish their positions as senior royal family members. Both Prince Harry and his wife eventually settled in the US, intending to live a private life.
At the moment, they appear to be building their family in their US home. The couple welcomed a son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019 and a daughter, Lilibet Diana, in 2021.
Prince Harry presents 12 pilots from course 17/02 of the Army Air Corps with their Wings during a ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on March 16, 2018[left] Meghan Markle at Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 [right] | Photo: Getty Images
Despite their intentions of living a private life — as stated in their signing out documents shared online when they exited the royal residence — they have continued to make headlines. These headlines have been over different stories about the revelations involving their relationship with family members.
THE NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS
The top headlines concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revolve around a court case. Initially, Markle sued some media sources after they published a private letter between her and her estranged father, Thomas.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
During the hearings, the High Court found the publications unlawful and awarded victory to Markle. Despite the ruling, Associated Newspapers Limited revealed their decision to fight against it, implying that Markle drafted the private letter with "the possibility of public consumption" in mind.
To this allegation, the Duchess maintained that she expected some form of privacy. But the latest revelation explained that she accepted that the letter could be leaked.
Markle allegedly had told one of her aides that "that would pull at the heartstrings," referring to the letter's contents and its effect on the public. She even supposedly added that she was meticulous with her choice of words.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
At this juncture, it remains the decision of the Court of Appeal to go through with its original verdict. Apart from the request to overturn in court, the former senior royal couple is on the hot seat following revelations from a close source and private texts.
The press had gathered that Harry and Markle did not contribute to the biography "Finding Freedom" by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. However, recent details from the couple's ex-communications secretary Jason Knauf revealed that they discussed the book routinely.
Meghan Markle attends a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle on October 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
He added that Markle was aware of some contents in the publication as she discussed it several times in person and over emails.
The man said that Markle gave him some points to give to the book researchers. He revealed he scheduled a meeting to provide background information like her minimal interactions with her half-siblings during childhood.
These details conflicted with Markle's last stand. Her representatives claimed their client did not cooperate with the authors of the biography but that she shared extremely minute information with them.
Knauf also showcased new shreds of evidence to back up the couple's involvement in the "Finding Freedom" book.
He presented a private message between the couple discussing a proposed meeting and the need to conceal the engagements in court. In the released texts, Harry wrote:
"I totally agree that we have to be able to say we didn't have anything to do with it. Equally, you giving the right context and background to them would help get some truths out there."
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on September 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
MEGHAN MARKLE IS FORCED TO APOLOGIZE
Markle agreed that Knauf shared a few intimate details with the authors following her approval. But, she communicated that she was unaware of the magnitude of information presented to them.
The 40-year-old apologized to the court for not remembering the exchanges at the time of getting the testimony. She added that her previous stand was never aimed at misleading the Justice system.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss after the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo on July 26, 2018 in Windsor | Photo: Getty Images
Markle further stated that she would have been thrilled to provide the court with the exchanges' information beforehand. But she declared they were "a far cry" from the personal details the defendant accused her of letting out on purpose.
Markle added that if the disclosure stage of the litigation were concluded before adjourning the court case following her pregnancy, she would have remembered the exchange between her and Knauf.
In addition, she shared that her doctors had advised her to live a healthier lifestyle and stay away from stress since she suffered a previous miscarriage.
THE DUCHESS'S REASON FOR THE LETTER
Although Knauf had revealed that his former boss confided in him when she was about to compose a letter to her estranged dad, he did not say why she did it.
Markle, who has complained about the strain in her relationship with Thomas, explained she was constantly scolded alongside her husband by the royal family. They allegedly asked why she could not see him and smooth things out.
Thus, Markle explained that the catalyst for her letter was to relieve Harry of the pain he felt over his family's consistent judgment.
She added that the royals did not understand the complexity of the father-daughter relationship, and with the letter, Harry would let them see her dad's true nature.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
The ongoing legal battle appears to be taking a toll on the former royals, especially their time, as they have to answer to court dates. Recent details about them have also made it to the limelight, putting them in a fix.
The royals had advised them to desist from furthering a court case with the Associated Newspapers Limited, but they failed to listen. There has not been any feedback from the palace, but Prince Charles has expressed his sympathy on the issue.
For now, nobody knows what will happen and who will claim the final victory. At the recent hearing, a panel of three justices was present, and they are expected to conclude in two weeks.
However, if the Court of Appeal in the UK rules in favor of the Associated Newspapers Limited, the lower courts will try the case.
If the verdict is consistent, the Associated Newspaper Limited will be ordered to pay reparations. Additionally, they would have to print a visible apology to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the cover of their newspapers or appeal to the Supreme Court.