Meghan Markle felt “unprotected” by the royal family in the face of accusations made against her in the British press when she was pregnant. The statements are part of legal documents that correspond to the action brought by the Dukes of Sussex against the company Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), which owns Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.
In October last year, the dukes filed a lawsuit against these British media after the publication of part of a handwritten letter by Meghan Markle addressed to her father, Thomas Markle. Now, in the legal documents the Duchess’s lawyers say that Meghan has become “the subject of a large number of false and harmful articles” written by British tabloids, “specifically” by the ANL titles, which “caused tremendous emotional suffering and damage to your mental health ”.
“As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were concerned for her well-being, specifically because she was pregnant, unprotected by the institution and forbidden to defend herself”, the documents also read cited by The Guardian.
Prince Harry sues British tabloid for “relentless campaign” against Meghan
In October, when it was learned that the lawsuit was going to move forward, Prince Harry issued a long statement in which he wrote that the woman had become “one of the last victims of the British tabloid press who campaigns against individuals without thinking of the consequences – a relentless campaign that climbed in the last year ”.
“The positive coverage of the last week of these same publications exposes the double standards of this press that has been vilifying Meghan almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at their expense simply because it was not visible during maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago, on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman they saw on this Africa tour ”, it was also read.
Investigation suggests Meghan is right when she complains about the British press
Interestingly, an investigation by The Guardian, released in January this year, showed that the Duchess of Sussex had more than twice as many negative headlines as positive, this taking into account the articles published between May 2018 and mid-January 2019. The analysis in question revealed that, of the 834 articles from 14 newspapers analyzed, 43% were negative, 20% were positive and 36% neutral. The results pointed to yet another situation: Meghan was more criticized than Kate Middleton.