The Duchess of Sussex has taken new legal action against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, for allegedly making up “untrue” stories in order to portray her “negatively.” This suit comes on the heels of suing them for publishing a private letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. Separately, Prince Harry sued News Group Newspapers last month for allegedly hacking their phones.
They said the portion they printed was taken out of context: "The omitted parts demonstrate the claimant's care for her father and others, as well as her concern about the UK tabloid media exploiting her father.''
The court documents take issue with stories claiming that she and Prince Harry spent more than $500K to soundproof their home to block out airplane noise. Also in dispute: the story that they spent taxpayer money to buy a copper bathtub, build a yoga studio, a tennis court and a guest wing for Meghan’s mother.
Her lawyers are also calling reports that she did not invite her mom to her baby shower in NYC “untrue and offensive.”
Harry and Meghan have been unusually open about their anxiety around the coverage they get in the tabloids, with Harry likening the treatment of Meghan to that of his mother Princess Diana, who died escaping paparazzi.
"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,'' he said. "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
In a documentary for London’s ITV last month, Meghan said that she wasn’t prepared for the onslaught from the bloids: "I tried, I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought that it would be fair, and that's the part that's really hard to reconcile."
On a more positive note, Meghan was named the most influential dresser by Lyst.
"This year 104 million shoppers started their fashion search on Lyst," the company explained in their press release. "We analysed the data; crunching the queries, page views and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores, alongside the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the year's biggest brands and trends."