Harry & Meghan: Legal Actions against the Media


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I don't believe they will ever come back to the royal family.
Meghan and the firm is just not a good fit. I believe Meghan is far too independent, head strong, opinionated, and just different for the royal family and Palace officials to deal with.

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I think all we can hope for now is for the Sussexes and the royal family to exist independently and have a distant but harmonious relationship.


I don't think "a good fit" is something that can be unambiguously decided a priori. Instead, I see it as a process which depends on how much effort each involved part puts into it.
 
Back to the same "reasons"...IMO Meghan actually got quite favourable treatment by the Queen and RF, certainly no less treatment than others who have married in recently.

-she was invited to Sandringham at Christmas before the wedding
-she and Harry were given a church wedding unlike Charles and Camilla just years prior (the rules did permitted C&C to as well back then)
-the Queen encouraged he own Assistant Private Secretary to become their Private Secretary to support and guide them
-Meghan was invited on a day trip with the Queen much sooner than any other royal married in

These are just the examples we know off.

What I always find tricky is when Meghan is held to the same account or standards or expected to follow the same rules as others this is somehow presented as "racist". Asking Meghan to stick to the same media guidelines as other members of the family is not racist, it is holding her to the same as everybody else in the RF.

I really do wonder about the purpose of this court case, if it was kept as a simple copyright issue I believe Meghan may have had more chance of getting the verdict she wanted. All of this extra "baggage" around it just seems to muddy the water. It also means it is more likely the media will present the claim as being "lost" if the judge strikes out or disagrees with aspects of it, even if ultimately they "win" the copyright claim.
 
I believe Meghan is far too independent, head strong, opinionated, and just different for the royal family and Palace officials to deal with.

I'm reminded of Prince Philip except he didn't have the option of leaving the firm for a different life.
 
As you said the lawsuit is Meghan’s lawsuit, not Harry.
No matter what Harry feels on the record he is not the one doing these accusations!

And as others mentioned: Harry is blood, Meghan is not and has proven once again she can not be trusted to not trash the family if she does not get her way.
She does not seem to have any loyalty but to herself. And this is dangerous for a family like the royal family.

If I were in the queen and Charles shoes I would never again trust this woman, let alone welcome her back into the family fold.

Yes and there's no way there's a lawsuit without Harry's full support. Making Meghan into the bad guy is flat wrong. They are in this together.

I've not seen any evidence of Meghan trashing the family. Nor do I see evidence of her disloyalty. Making these extreme statements does not add anything to the discussion especially with the basis of them is grounded mostly in tabloid stories.



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I'm conflicted on this whole situation. I sympathise with Harry and Meghan due to Harry's past relationship with the press, but at the same time if they wanted a private life away from the cameras; then moving to celebrity hotspot LA and doing business partnerships seems to contradict their original wishes.
 
I think it's KP too. And considering that for over a year from the time of the return from the Australian tour negative stories about Meghan were coming out in online tabloids at the rate of about three a day (I know because I noted it down at the time) it's ridiculous for the Times source to say that KP Press officers didn't deny these stories because they were true. What, all of them? The ones coming out hourly, daily, week after week, month after month?

They did not defend Meghan against any of these multiples of stories. They didn't defend her on ones that were true, nor on ones that had a germ of truth and they certainly didn't come out and defend her on any stories that were made up by journalists and were quite obvious untruths. Nor did the people at BP for that matter, after the Sussexes split from the Royal Foundation and moved offices.
 
I think it's KP too. And considering that for over a year from the time of the return from the Australian tour negative stories about Meghan were coming out in online tabloids at the rate of about three a day (I know because I noted it down at the time) it's ridiculous for the Times source to say that KP Press officers didn't deny these stories because they were true. What, all of them? The ones coming out hourly, daily, week after week, month after month?

They did not defend Meghan against any of these multiples of stories. They didn't defend her on ones that were true, nor on ones that had a germ of truth and they certainly didn't come out and defend her on any stories that were made up by journalists and were quite obvious untruths. Nor did the people at BP for that matter, after the Sussexes split from the Royal Foundation and moved offices.

They don't about anyone. They were Harry's staff too back in the day. Why they would choose to be vindictive I don't know. They certainly didn't deny ALL stories because they were true. Perhaps the Times has one in particularelation or a strand of stories in mind. But they never denied any of the,most. That has been the policy for centuries so no one ever knows and nothing gets flamed.
 
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I cant' believe they seem to be taking this tack but I suppose we'll see when the case comes to court, if the reports are accurate. But can they honestly, can Harry honestly believe that he and Meghan are the same as Beatrice or Princess Michael? Does he not realise that the reason the queen did put a stop to Edward and Sophie's business activities was that they weren't working out well and the 2 were too close to the Crown.. so they had to behave in a certain way. Business for a full or part time working royal is a no no. He and Meg were meant to be full time royals. That means there are restrictions on what they can do and one of the things they can't do is earn a "professional income" or participate in big scale business activities.
Meg may honestly not realise this fully, I dont like her but Im trying to cut her some slack.. as she was new to England and the RF.. but Harry? He must know.
I was talking about this with my friend from Norfolk, like don't they get it? His York cousins were never going to be working full time royals no matter how much thier father allegedly wanted that. They did not have thier own peerage and titles in their own right. Not like the York gals were plastering their royals monograms on stuff to sell on Etsy. They eventually worked well with thier jobs they have currently. They dont even use HRH on their work profiles, for example Bea goes by Beatrice of York. They are the daughters of the 2'nd son of the monarch, non working royals and eventually pushed lower and lower in rank. Harry was the 2n'd son of the heir and future monarch,a working royal, with a peerage of the UK, very different situations.

This may be Meghan's lawsuits, but Harry is definitely backing up his wife as a husband should, I guess, but Harry is too blame too if he didn't educate her on his country and how his family works. Concerning the 'instituation didnt protect Meghan' thing and if he promised her certain things and made her believe should could step over 'the institution' and come out looking like a million bucks. If he always wanted a way out, he did have a part in this and maybe encouraged planted the seed of a non working royal life away from the UK if this is how things even happened.

They both come off as spiolt with these lawsuits though, my friend hated to agree to this as she loves Harry and these lawsuits come off as tone deaf during these times.

I'm only speculating in my part.
 
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Not all untrue stories published about Meghan in the tabloids are/were opinion pieces. Many were produced by journalists as being factual, ie avacados linked to rape, war, murder in the farming of but only when Meghan eats them apparently, the Sun story about the deprived Windsor staff and their car park abutting FC, the yoga studios, tennis courts etc at the Cottage which a bit of checking would have shown to be false and which the journalists must have known were lies. The people at KP/BP never came out and pointed the latter out though they must have known that such stories were adding to the faux outrage fermented by the Press about the cost of Frogmore Cottage.

We don't know exactly who this KP source is who supposedly spoke to the Times. Did he/she dislike Meghan from the beginning and is venting now? I have no doubt that Meghan did cause a stir among the staff at the KP office who were used to advising and answering only to the Cambridges, with Harry going along with most things that were arranged whether happy about the set up or not. I happen to think he was not happy but that's just my opinion. Harry's wife would have caused a shake up no matter who she was, IMO.

However, to portray that as Meghan causing all out war and multiple weeping and walkouts among the staff at KP and her own team when we know that people like Sam Cohen and Amy Pettingell stayed for ages with the Sussexes beyond their original contracts is a bridge too far for me. It smacks of KP staff defending themselves, no matter what.
 
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Exactly. Just stop digging.


Also, I quite appreciate that this is about things which happened long before the pandemic, but all this whingeing and divisive talk when the world is going through such a difficult time just doesn't look good.
 
:previous: i always dismissed the Daily Mail (and other media outlets) as pure gossip and clickbait (usually don't even read it), but since the details from this lawsuit are starting to get clear from the official papers i'm starting to think there might be some truth in the gossip (somewhere deep down).
This is the first time in over a year i clicked a DM link
 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...cuments-royally-petulant-sense-grievance.html


This topic will keep us all busy for many months to come. I wonder when H&M will stop digging while already standing in a deep hole.

I like Richard Kay....and I agree with everything he said. I don’t even know where to begin, but I suppose saying that Meghan is a “royal pain in the behind” would be appropriate.

To me, this is the crux of the matter. It’s ridiculous for Meghan to be so thin skinned as to stamp her feet and whine that the BRF isn’t defending her against criticism. Charles and Camilla loved through hell so many years ago, but they dealt with it. Everyone in the BRF has been criticized at one point or another, but they get on with it. As far as I’m concerned, she’s not fit for the BRF, and I feel for them because now I do think “Finding Freedom”, with a title that makes it seem H and M believed they were prisoners, will attempt to “settle scores”. In fact, this is what I believe she’s doing now. Admittedly I’m not following the details of the case, but what on earth does any of this garbage being spewed by her counsel have to do with her case against the Daily Mail? I loathe this woman..and I DO feel sorry for HM and Charles. I would say good riddance, except that she’s over here in the States...
Putting to one side the preposterous numbers quoted, there is a huge distinction. Is she really saying that the Palace should respond every time something was said somewhere that she disliked or disagreed with,’ says a former lady in waiting.

‘As an actress how did she react to an unkind review? It is petty and unrealistic.’


She now opens up the very real possibility of her one-time staff being called as witnesses for the High Court case.

Sources close to Meghan insist that her criticisms do not relate to individual members of the Royal Family but the ‘institutional processes’ that, say friends, ‘let her down’.

This will be of scant comfort to the Queen and Prince Charles, who embraced Meghan.

‘They have every reason to feel let down as more and more details of this case are made public,’ says a figure close to the Queen. ‘The welcome they gave her was unmatched.’
 
I was talking about this with my friend from Norfolk, like don't they get it? His York cousins were never going to be working full time royals no matter how much thier father allegedly wanted that. They did not have thier own peerage and titles in their own right. Not like the York gals were plastering their royals monograms on stuff to sell on Etsy. They eventually worked well with thier jobs they have currently. They dont even use HRH on their work profiles, for example Bea goes by Beatrice of York. They are the daughters of the 2'nd son of the monarch, non working royals and eventually pushed lower and lower in rank. Harry was the 2n'd son of the heir and future monarch,a working royal, with a peerage of the UK, very different situations.

This may be Meghan's lawsuits, but Harry is definitely backing up his wife as a husband should, I guess, but Harry is too blame too if he didn't educate her on his country and how his family works. Concerning the 'instituation didnt protect Meghan' thing and if he promised her certain things and made her believe should could step over 'the institution' and come out looking like a million bucks. If he always wanted a way out, he did have a part in this and maybe encouraged planted the seed of a non working royal life away from the UK if this is how things even happened.

They both come off as spiolt with these lawsuits though, my friend hated to agree to this as she loves Harry and these lawsuits come off as tone deaf during these times.

I'm only speculating in my part.
I don't know. I find them hard to understand. But to be insinuating as they seem to be that that they are upset because other royals are allowed to work, is just wrong. Harry should know that there is a line between royals who work for the firm and those like Bea and Eugenie who don't, who don't get money from the Sovereign grant and who are free to do a job and who do occasionally do a bit of charity work or appear with the queen but aren't working royals. Or Charles who does sell things but does so on behalf of his Duchy for his charities. Harry must know there's a difference. Perhaps Meghan can't see the difference, I can sort of understand that, but Harry should know better and should have explained it to her.
I dont know.
DOES He not understand the difference either which I honestly have to say mean's he's not that bright...or willfully refuses to understand. Or he DOES really want out of royal life and now he's using these reasons such as his own depression Meg's depression and their desire to have a more free and independent life, and to earn their own money, as excuses..
 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...cuments-royally-petulant-sense-grievance.html

I liked her at one time.

But leaving out all her maternal and paternal family for one day, i.e. her wedding day, was horribly selfish of her.

Jessica M friendship has now also been dissolved.

The upcoming Court case; will only cause more bitterness for all parties concerned.

If LA doesn't work out for them maybe they could try the Bahamas.

Like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; I don't see them ever returning to LIVE in the UK.
 
I don't know. I find them hard to understand. But to be insinuating as they seem to be that that they are upset because other royals are allowed to work, is just wrong. Harry should know that there is a line between royals who work for the firm and those like Bea and Eugenie who don't, who don't get money from the Sovereign grant and who are free to do a job and who do occasionally do a bit of charity work or appear with the queen but aren't working royals. Or Charles who does sell things but does so on behalf of his Duchy for his charities. Harry must know there's a difference. Perhaps Meghan can't see the difference, I can sort of understand that, but Harry should know better and should have explained it to her.
I dont know.
DOES He not understand the difference either which I honestly have to say mean's he's not that bright...or willfully refuses to understand. Or he DOES really want out of royal life and now he's using these reasons such as his own depression Meg's depression and their desire to have a more free and independent life, and to earn their own money, as excuses..

Particularly since Harry and Eugenie were so close. I would be annoyed if I was dragged into an court case for no reason.
 
Richard Kay really implied the BRF didn’t sympathize with Meghan’s awful estranged family constantly attacking her and felt she needed to invite them to her wedding? People she had no good relationship with for well over a decade or more?

Yeah that’s very good for one’s mental health and way to kind of prove the point she felt unsupported. Sheesh.
 
I doubt if the RF expected or wanted Meghan to invite her more embarrassing relatives like her brother and sister. Her father yes.. as he only seemed to go a bit off the rails during the run up to the wedding and I think he did intend to come to the wedding. However I can't imagine that the RF wanted Tom junior or Samantha there.
 
I feel like since they issued their demands, they’ve just been digging themselves into a bigger and bigger hole and burning bridges left and right. Any hope of them as a couple returning to fold is gone, I think. I can understand the complaints against her father, former friends, and the press, but bringing the minor royals into the conversation who had nothing to do with the situation, one of which (Eugenie) Harry was apparently very close to, was a low blow. I just don’t see any reconciliation happening especially if things get more fraught and if they drag KP into it.
 
Richard Kay really implied the BRF didn’t sympathize with Meghan’s awful estranged family constantly attacking her and felt she needed to invite them to her wedding? People she had no good relationship with for well over a decade or more?

Yeah that’s very good for one’s mental health and way to kind of prove the point she felt unsupported. Sheesh.

I doubt he and the family would have meant her brother and sister.
But she has a niece she claimed to love and be close with and was #FamilyFirst.
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Lol at that I guess. Not to mention I am sure there other people from her paternal side she could have invited like her uncles.


And not to mention an array of family from her mother side who she could given them the basic familial honor to invite them to her wedding.


It was at the time I think many of thought it was odd as hell that for a 600 invite wedding no one except her mom was there. Now we know she simply has no familial allegiance or (in my personal observation of her actions) incapable of truly feeling and mean it.
 
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The court papers said Meghan made arrangements for Dad to come. As for the half siblings I would not be surprised if Dad was told directly his other children were not invited because of the pre wedding press attacks. Also, note that Dad was left off the pregnancy and birth announcements of Archie. Probably because he attacked Meghan and Harry and the BRF in the press. Dad was probably mad Doria got to stay at Nottingham Cottage and meet the senior royals and Dad only got a hotel room. Hence, the attacks. IMO the media only wanted Meghan to reconcile with Dad so to get inside information on the Sussexes. Note the press doesn't reach out to the Markles anymore. They have nothing new to say and they are potential liabilities to the press in legal proceedings.
 
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I feel like since they issued their demands, they’ve just been digging themselves into a bigger and bigger hole and burning bridges left and right. Any hope of them as a couple returning to fold is gone, I think. I can understand the complaints against her father, former friends, and the press, but bringing the minor royals into the conversation who had nothing to do with the situation, one of which (Eugenie) Harry was apparently very close to, was a low blow. I just don’t see any reconciliation happening especially if things get more fraught and if they drag KP into it.


Sadly I have to agree. I truly do not understand what the York Princesses and Prince Michael of Kent have to do with their legal action against the Mail on Sunday.:ermm:
 
Sadly I have to agree. I truly do not understand what the York Princesses and Prince Michael of Kent have to do with their legal action against the Mail on Sunday.:ermm:

That's the thing, isn't it? They brought this case, they are entitled to do that, but it is an issue about copyright, It has nothing to do with Meg's pregnancy or her feeling that she had not been protected...or her issues with her staff. And it has nothing to do with her and Harry's desire to be part time royals, and part time workers. And it doesn't look very good, (a) bringing these issues into a court case and (b) the implication that the 2 of them dont understand the difference between working royals and members of the Royal family...
 
Except Kay did mean Samantha. He said “she should have included her family from her father’s first marriage.” Tom Jr and Samantha. It has been on record that by her paternal and maternal families that Doria and Meghan were not close to either after the grandparents passed.

And that niece she took the picture with wasn’t raised as a Markle nor close to them. When the press went to her work she said she wanted to stay out the press. So she likely wasn’t there by choice.

Not sure after all this time people still find it strange she not close to her family even with most of them admitting they hasn’t seen her in years including not even being at her first wedding. But they should be at the second?

Kay’s comment was ridiculous especially knowing the Markle’s trash behavior. And if the RF felt that as implied, then... well. Okay.
 
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Except Kay did mean Samantha. He said “she should have included her family from her father’s first marriage.” Tom Jr and Samantha. It has been on record that by her paternal and maternal families that Doria and Meghan were not close to either after the grandparents passed.

And that niece she took the picture with wasn’t raised as a Markle nor close to them. When the press went to her work she said she wanted to stay out the press. So she likely wasn’t there by choice.

Not sure after all this time people still find it strange she not close to her family even with most of them admitting they hasn’t seen her in years including not even being at her first wedding. But they should be at the second?

Kay’s comment was ridiculous especially knowing the Markle’s trash behavior. And if the RF felt that as implied, then... well. Okay.

But this is what Kay is saying, not what the RF are saying. He may feel she should have invited her sister in spite of Sam's bizarre behaviour. I find it hard to believe that the RF wanted to invite the brother and sister who were clearly hostile to Meghan. Once Thos M senior began to act oddly and became somewhat hostile to his daughter he too was cut off by the Sussex's and the RF. He wasn't mentioned in the birth announcement about Archie.. so I can't see that the RF would have wanted Samantha and Tomas Junior at the wedding, acting up and embarrassing everyone.
 
That's the thing, isn't it? They brought this case, they are entitled to do that, but it is an issue about copyright, It has nothing to do with Meg's pregnancy or her feeling that she had not been protected...or her issues with her staff. And it has nothing to do with her and Harry's desire to be part time royals, and part time workers. And it doesn't look very good, (a) bringing these issues into a court case and (b) the implication that the 2 of them dont understand the difference between working royals and members of the Royal family...

As I said before, she knows she has lost the case and now is trying her best to use this as a PR exercise to create sympathy for herself. It is not working (expect for the die-hards who think she is a living saint)
 
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