The Duchess of Sussex said she was “prohibited from defending herself”, according to new court documents from her lawsuit against Associated Newspa
The Duchess of Sussex said she was “prohibited from defending herself”, according to new court documents from her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers. The new papers filed by Meghan’s legal team read: “The Claimant had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the Defendant, which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health. “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”
While not critiquing the evidence put forward by Meghan’s legal team, royal expert Robert Jobson noticed the phrasing sounds remarkable similar to Princess Diana’s own words.
Speaking to Express.com, he said: “It is an unfortunate assertion as it has echoes of what Princess Diana claimed when she was a young bride.
“The difference is that Meghan was an experienced woman of the world when she married into the royal family.
“I am surprised by this assertion as I believe both the Queen and The Prince of Wales went out of their way to accommodate and embrace Meghan.
“I think she is probably reading the situation wrongly.
“I am surprised Harry didn’t explain how the family operates better.”
Mr JobsonThe royal author told Express.com: “I am sure as with all families there will be a forgive and forget attitude. But it is not helpful to say the least.”
According to Mr Jobson, the Royal Family are “a closed shop with many friends and associates not really as close as they were for them.”
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“Both the late Diana Princess of Wales and Fergie complained of the same too.
“Diana to friends which was leaked and Fergie on TV to #Oprah. Rubbish then and rubbish now.”
Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe mirrored Meghan’s words to Diana’s who said she felt a “lack of support”.
Mr Wharfe said: “Diana was always critical of the lack of support she got from the press office.
“One could argue that the advice that was given wasn’t acceptable on her part.
“Ultimately, of course, she went alone and confided with Morton and Panorama in putting the news out herself because she felt she wasn’t being represented and being supported.
“There is some similarity in that because Diana always felt her interests were not always served by the press office at Buckingham Palace.”
The Duchess lawsuit against Associated Newspapers and the Mail on Sunday details how the media companies published extracts of what she branded as a “private and confidential” letter sent to her father, Thomas Markle.
A source close to Meghan and Prince Harry told PEOPLE: “This case centers on a private and hand-written letter from a daughter to her father that was published by The Mail on Sunday.
“This gross violation of any person’s right to privacy is obvious and unlawful.”