'She's No Diana': Piers Morgan Rails Against Meghan And Harry Lawsuit
A British tabloid at the centre of a lawsuit from Meghan and Harry has said it will be "defending this case vigorously".
Prince Harry and Meghan launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday over a private handwritten letter it published, from Meghan to her estranged father.
In addition to being published unlawfully, Harry said the contents of the letter had paragraphs, sentences and even singular words "strategically omitted" to mark lies perpetuated by the British tabloid press.
The Mail on Sunday said it stands by the story it published, and will be "defending this case vigorously".
"Specifically, we categorically deny that the Duchess's letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning," it said in a statement.
In the powerful letter about the tabloid treatment of Meghan, Harry said he fears "history repeating itself" after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
"Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son," the Duke of Sussex said.
"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip-paper."
He said his deepest fear is history will repeat itself, referring to the death of the late Princess Diana, who was fleeing the press when she was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
"Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
However, morning show host and former tabloid editor Piers Morgan railed against the legal action, slamming Harry's statement as "one of the most extraordinary rants I've read from anyone in the family."
“Why petrol-bomb glowingly positive end-of-tour reports with a furnace of negative fury?” he said, referring to the couple's tour of Africa.
“Not for the first time, I don't understand what the hell Harry and Meghan are thinking.”
He claimed Diana "played the media game just as ruthlessly as we played her", and that Meghan was following in her footsteps.
“She was the biggest star in the world, and would happily and regularly collude with the papers when it suited her — just as Meghan happily and regularly colludes with magazines like People and Vogue when it suits her," Morgan said.
“But with all due respect to Ms Markle, she's not in the same league as Diana in terms of fame,” he said.
The couple has employed libel lawyers Schillings, and are using private funds. Proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.
A legal spokesperson from Schillings said it has initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company Associated Newspapers.
"Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda," the spokesperson said.
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