Meghan Markle has won her right to preserve the identities of her five friends who were previously interviewed by People in a bid to defend the Suits actress from “bullying”. Meanwhile, Mr. Justice Warby came to pass a warning that their names might need to be disclosed publicly in the upcoming days.
If we go by Justice Warby’s statement, the identities however remain known to the judge but that should not find any mention “for the time being, at least” in the official proceedings of the lawsuit against Associated Newspapers.
A triumphing situation
Addressing the context, an insider remarked, “The Duchess felt it was necessary to take this step to try and protect her friends – as any of us would – and we’re glad this was clear.
We are happy that the judge has agreed to protect these five individuals.”
Fighting for right
Meghan had formerly appealed to the HC on the same writing, “Associated Newspapers, the owner of The Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, is threatening to publish the names of five women – five private citizens – who made a choice on their own to speak anonymously with a US media outlet more than a year ago, to defend me from the bullying behaviour of Britain’s tabloid media. These five women are not on trial, and nor am I. The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial. It is this publisher that acted unlawfully and is attempting to evade accountability; to create a circus and distract from the point of this case – that the Mail on Sunday unlawfully published my private letter. Each of these women is a private citizen, young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy. Both the Mail on Sunday and the court system have their names on a confidential schedule, but for the Mail on Sunday to expose them in the public domain for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain is vicious and poses a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing. The Mail on Sunday is playing a media game with real lives.”