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Meghan Markle facing justice: the bill is (very) salty


According to The Sun, Meghan Markle has already accumulated £1.8 million in legal costs, or nearly €2 million . A note which should lengthen in the months to come.

Meghan Markle has not finished facing justice. Recently, the Duchess of Sussex took a radical decision: to dismiss David Sherborne, the lawyer who represented her in her battle against the Mail on Sunday. The lawyer had lost the first preliminary hearing.

The former actress was then sentenced to pay the newspaper more than 70,000 euros in legal costs. A failure that led her to separate from her famous counsel. From now on, it is Justin Rushbrooke QC, one of his rivals, who will represent the Duchess of Sussex at the next hearings.

Problem, with all these judicial vicissitudes, the note becomes more and more salty for Meghan Markle. According to the British tabloid The Sun, the wife of Prince Harry has already accumulated £1.8 million in debt.

As a reminder, the Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers Limited, publisher of the Mail on Sunday, which published in February 2019 the letter she had written to her father, Thomas Markle. The young woman is very upset and is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act.

A new trial in January

According to the London High Court, the case is more of a “personal dispute” without a “broader public interest”. Now, after dropping one of her complaints, Markle is set to face the second chapter of her war against the tabloids in January in a ten-day trial.

And like her previous battle, the costs are expected to multiply, as The Sun notes. His legal costs include £524,000 for trial preparation and £304,700 for the trial itself, as well as £200,000 to take the case to court, £190,000 for disclosure and £104,110 for statements. The bill is still growing.


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