Meghan has requested to delay the trial of her privacy case against The Mail on Sunday’s publisher, Associated Newspapers. The trial was due to begin in early January and take place at the High Court in London. It is set to last between eight to 10 days.
Mr Justice Warby will hear the arguments tomorrow.
The application will be considered at an online hearing – the first part of which will be in private, according to a court document seen by PA.
Another aspect of Meghan’s legal case, costs and case management, was due to be discussed tomorrow by Judge Francesca Kaye.
However, this hearing has now been replaced by the new application filed by the Duchess of Sussex.
This request comes after Associated Newspapers’ lawyers asked and won the right to include the Finding Freedom biography in their client’s defence.
This victory on the publisher’s side has created “more work for Meghan’s lawyers”, ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship has noted on Twitter.
Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, over the publication in February 2019 of extracts of a private letter she had sent to her estranged father in August 2018.
Prince Harry announced the Duchess of Sussex was bringing legal action in October, during the last leg of their successful tour to South Africa.
Meghan is seeking damages from the publisher, accused of alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act.
Associated Newspapers has wholly denied Meghan’s allegations, particularly the Duchess’s claim that the letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning, and says it will hotly contest the case.
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