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Old 07-10-2020, 05:00 PM
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what do you mean by people like him? Royals? Or Diana's sons? I agree that they seem to have over estimated thier popularity. If they had stuck the royal job for a few more years, its possible that if they sitill chose to leave they would be better liked
I think he saw that love people had for his mother. Who was divorced from the royals and thought they would continue to love him too.

But all of that is false. People were rude about Diana, she was on the down in popularity particularly that last summer, there was guilt because she had been treated as a sub person and now she was dead. There were a lot of things and really thankfully Harry is happy, healthy, wife, baby. He is fine. Diana was largely alone.

People just shrugged and went okay. I was in a managers room today and saw a Meghan and Harry wedding pictures coloured by a child. I pointed it out and we both started laughing. Like when they mattered.
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Old 07-10-2020, 05:24 PM
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Diana's been gone a long time. Yes, she was very popular amongst some people, but no-one much under 30, and I think Harry is aiming for an audience of younger people, has any real recollection of her.


He did make that speech in March in which he referred to himself as Diana's younger son, but I'm not sure that anyone thinks of him like that any more. That's no disrespect to Diana: it's just that 23 years is a long time.


Maybe he thinks they do?
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Old 07-10-2020, 05:37 PM
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Yeps. She set herself up for this. I think the decision to sue in the first place was based more in emotion than clear rational thought. A lot of things about the Sussexes seem to be trending this way lately. Sheesh.
I, respectfully, disagree. They filed the case in anticipation of a quick settlement and a bad press, poor hounded H&M narrative. This was what historically happened in these cases. She tried to drop the case when DM refused to settle, but they would not let her. The emotions came in, when multiple plans started failing and they wanted and needed a public forum to lash out.
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Old 07-10-2020, 05:45 PM
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Diana's been gone a long time. Yes, she was very popular amongst some people, but no-one much under 30, and I think Harry is aiming for an audience of younger people, has any real recollection of her.


He did make that speech in March in which he referred to himself as Diana's younger son, but I'm not sure that anyone thinks of him like that any more. That's no disrespect to Diana: it's just that 23 years is a long time.


Maybe he thinks they do?
Everyone was huge on Diana but she was treated badly and the.reaction to her reflected that.

Harry probs thought affection for him would come through her and really he is nearly as old as.she was when she died. And you can't and shouldn't live as the tragic child forever. Disturbs me that he peddled it.
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Old 07-10-2020, 05:55 PM
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If this had been a simple copyright case she would have had more chance of winning.

By adding all of this extra stuff they are simply creating more drama and making it more certain that, even if they win on the copyright, its likely they will have the other elements being brought in thrown out which will give the media the opportunity to say they have "lost".

I truly wonder who is advising them, personally I suspect it is either their PR company as its certainly keeping them in the headlines and giving "airtime" to their narrative. But if they are taking the advice of lawyers, I think the lawyers are seeing them more as cash machines rather than getting the best result for their client. Or they may be instructing the lawyers based on their own deep feelings of what they feel they deserve and should get.
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Old 07-10-2020, 06:19 PM
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I am curious where the idea- often repeated here and elsewhere on social media- that Meghan "tried to drop the case" but the DM won't "let" her came from. Meghan is the plaintiff here. You cannot force someone to continue suing you. Once the complaining party decides to no longer pursue the complaint, that is it.
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Old 07-10-2020, 06:35 PM
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I am curious where the idea- often repeated here and elsewhere on social media- that Meghan "tried to drop the case" but the DM won't "let" her came from. Meghan is the plaintiff here. You cannot force someone to continue suing you. Once the complaining party decides to no longer pursue the complaint, that is it.
I wondered that as well, or were the defendants asking for costs if it was dropped.I do not know about any of these things, but would be interested if anybody knew the answer.
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:00 PM
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They wanted to settle out of court, the mail refused. They could drop the case of they wanted but they decided to keep going. The mail have never forced them to do anything
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:08 PM
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This makes the most sense to me. They weren't trying to totally drop the case but were pushing to settle out of court. The MoS had every right to refuse and demand it go to court.

Perhaps its another case of things not going the way they planned for things to go and rushing to figure out what the next step is going to be. Sound familiar?
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:10 PM
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Who actually stated that the Sussexes wanted to settle out of court but the newspaper group refused? The Sunday Fail in its paper, their lawyers, the Sussex lawyers, both sides together? Who, and when did this occur?
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:28 PM
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Who actually stated that the Sussexes wanted to settle out of court but the newspaper group refused? The Sunday Fail in its paper, their lawyers, the Sussex lawyers, both sides together? Who, and when did this occur?
Court documents I think. Stating they tried to broach a settlement twice and were rebuked. They would have expected to settle to be honest. It's the way of things. You get a nice five figure settlement which you promptly donate to charity and get good press for being pleased the newspaper know they did wrong. But it is generally about things that were legally no goes. Bugging. Pictures on private land. Things like this people don't usually take these things to court and when they do. Show trial.
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:45 PM
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Everyone was huge on Diana but she was treated badly and the.reaction to her reflected that.

Harry probs thought affection for him would come through her and really he is nearly as old as.she was when she died. And you can't and shouldn't live as the tragic child forever. Disturbs me that he peddled it.
I’m tired of Harry manipulating audiences for their affection by playing on Diana’s memory ...he isn’t just her son, he’s Charles’ as well, but referencing his mother will make people get misty and care about what he’s saying, even if he’s not an “expert”.

I agree, it’s not healthy. Harry’s identity should not be tied so completely to that of his mother; they are/were different people.
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Old 07-10-2020, 09:15 PM
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He has spoken about his mental health in regard to his mother's death but not constantly at all. When has Harry mentioned his mother recently apart from the Diana Awards?

William also speaks about Diana on occasions but neither do it continuously. And as for public perceptions for years the media rattled on about 'Diana's boys', linking them in the public mind with her memory constantly. Even now there are references to 'seeing Harry following her coffin'. Harry doesn't write those articles himself.

Having been in the process of trying to break her in 1997 in their usual way, the Press then elevated Diana to sainthood (I do believe she did one hell of a lot of good in her lifetime all the same) in order to divert the criticism from themselves at the time of her death. That was hardly the fault of either of the Princes.
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Old 07-10-2020, 09:24 PM
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Well, Meghan certainly wasn't trying twice to settle with the newspaper group in December. See below.

https://www.bylineinvestigates.com/m...t-legal-claims

And in fact I can't find references to her trying to settle elsewhere online though I will keep on looking.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:04 PM
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He has spoken about his mental health in regard to his mother's death but not constantly at all. When has Harry mentioned his mother recently apart from the Diana Awards?

William also speaks about Diana on occasions but neither do it continuously. And as for public perceptions for years the media rattled on about 'Diana's boys', linking them in the public mind with her memory constantly. Even now there are references to 'seeing Harry following her coffin'. Harry doesn't write those articles himself.

Having been in the process of trying to break her in 1997 in their usual way, the Press then elevated Diana to sainthood (I do believe she did what hell of a lot of good in her lifetime all the same) in order to divert the criticism from themselves at the time of her death. That was hardly the fault of either of the Princes.
This is all fair.. I do remember the press referring to William and Harry as “Diana’s Boys”.....Charles who?

Even in America, it seems as if there’s a desire to build people up, tear them down, and then see them built up again....
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:19 PM
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I am curious where the idea- often repeated here and elsewhere on social media- that Meghan "tried to drop the case" but the DM won't "let" her came from. Meghan is the plaintiff here. You cannot force someone to continue suing you. Once the complaining party decides to no longer pursue the complaint, that is it.
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I wondered that as well, or were the defendants asking for costs if it was dropped.I do not know about any of these things, but would be interested if anybody knew the answer.
Me three. If Meghan as the claimant wanted to drop the case then I don't see how the defendant could stop her. Her only concern would be that they would go after her for their legal costs but even that does not make sense because if she continued the case then she is racking up legal cost on her side and risking that she will have to pay the defendant's legal cost if she loses.

My vague recollection, and I'm not sure how credible the reports were, is that at different points, the claimant and defendant wanted to settle but in all instances, agreements could not be reached on the terms of the settlement.
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Old 07-11-2020, 02:59 AM
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Meghan is the Claimant. At any point, she could withdraw her claim. There is little concrete evidence that either side has wanted to settle, but it is very clear that the Defendant, Associated Newspapers Limited, is not afraid of attacking the legal basis for this litigation at every point they can. And so far, they have been successful. If Meghan really wanted to drop this case, she could withdraw her claim. Period. What Meghan cannot do is force Associated Newspapers to settle on terms she deems appropriate. Settlement is a mutual exercise.

Meghan is represented by David Sherborne, an excellent lawyer who has a very strong reputation in media law. He previously acted for Sarah, Duchess of York, in her phone hacking case involving News International, which resulted in a favourable settlement and public apology in Court to the Duchess.

In unrelated litigation, Sarah sued News Group (involving the cash for access News of the World scandal) and it dragged on in the Courts for years and then, suddenly, she withdrew her claim. Nobody knows what the actual result of it was (dropped entirely or settled, it will always be a mystery) - but it is clear evidence that a claimant, be they royal, ex-royal, or otherwise, can discontinue litigation at will.
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Old 07-11-2020, 03:05 AM
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Indeed, if a plaintiff wanted to withdraw their complaint they could do so by serving a discontinuance notice to the Court, subject to certain criteria and rules set out in this link:
https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/pr...l/rules/part38

If the discontinuance is allowed, the plaintiff would have to pay the defendants costs - again subject to the Court's approval set out in the link.

In general, I think we have seen many cases like this where it has been settled out of Court.

The parties may well have tried to settle and not come to an agreement - and that could be for a number of reasons: such as the defendant believing the plaintiff has no case against them or the the plaintiff believing the settlement offer provided by the defendant does not reflect the grievance.

In all honesty, even if they wanted to, the newspaper can't force Meghan to continue the proceedings if she didn't want to. That's not to say she wants to continue it, but it seems both parties to the case have been given legal advice that their argument is worth pursuing and defending.
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:35 AM
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Meghan is the Claimant. At any point, she could withdraw her claim. There is little concrete evidence that either side has wanted to settle, but it is very clear that the Defendant, Associated Newspapers Limited, is not afraid of attacking the legal basis for this litigation at every point they can. And so far, they have been successful. If Meghan really wanted to drop this case, she could withdraw her claim. Period. What Meghan cannot do is force Associated Newspapers to settle on terms she deems appropriate. Settlement is a mutual exercise.

Meghan is represented by David Sherborne, an excellent lawyer who has a very strong reputation in media law. He previously acted for Sarah, Duchess of York, in her phone hacking case involving News International, which resulted in a favourable settlement and public apology in Court to the Duchess.

In unrelated litigation, Sarah sued News Group (involving the cash for access News of the World scandal) and it dragged on in the Courts for years and then, suddenly, she withdrew her claim. Nobody knows what the actual result of it was (dropped entirely or settled, it will always be a mystery) - but it is clear evidence that a claimant, be they royal, ex-royal, or otherwise, can discontinue litigation at will.
He is currently representing Johnny Depp, although the press seem more interested in Depp's cross examination. And it will have been her solicitors that hired him. And if I remember rightly she is being represented by Schillings.

I don't know where people get the idea that she is either forced to go to court? This isn't a criminal case taken by the CPS.
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:44 AM
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I assume that the 'forced to go the court' is because of the feeling that the media have been so vicious and vile, they left Meghan no other choice than to go to court (so forced her mentally if you will)

that said, imo she is undermining her own case by dragging the, seemingly, unrelated stuff into it, i think her case would have been much stronger with a clear topic..
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