Meghan Markle Wins Legal Bid to Protect Friends' Identities in Court Case

Meghan and Harry were not present at the proceedings, which have taken place under strict coronavirus measures restricting access to the courtroom.

On May 1, Meghan lost the first stage of her battle against the Mail, when Justice Warby agreed to"strike out" parts of Meghan’s claim in a pre-trial hearing.

It means that if or when the case goes to trial, the court will not be asked to rule on whether the Mail on Sunday acted dishonestly, pursued a negative agenda against Meghan or deliberately stirred up trouble between the Duchess of Sussex and her father, Thomas Markle, 75.

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In response, Meghan said she would “continue to move forward” with her case – a fact evidenced by today's ruling.

"Normally, when such an issue arises it is the claimant who seeks disclosure of the sources," Justice Warby added in reference to Associated Newspapers' desire to upend the key journalistic principle of anonymity for sources.

"The media invariably maintain that the protection of confidential sources is of high importance, and that names should not be disclosed or publicised," he added.

"In this unusual case, the roles are reversed."

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