Meghan Markle’s court case ‘could damage Royals as they rely on public opinion’

Meghan Markle’s privacy court case against the Mail On Sunday has the potential to be "very damaging" for the Royal Family as the Firm relies on public opinion, a royal author has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex lodged a claim against Mail on Sunday after she and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.

She claims the publication of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, was a misuse of private information and a breach of her copyright.

In the letter, Meghan details the "unwarranted pain" she claims her dad caused her in the lead up to her May 2018 Windsor Castle wedding.

Associated Papers, the owner of Mail on Sunday, has denied any wrongdoing and is defending the case.

Royal author Ingrid Seward told Daily Star Online she hopes Meghan is advised to "settle" the case as it could be "very damaging" to the Royal Family and the public’s opinion of them.

Ms Seward said: "I hope Meghan is advised to settle the case, I think it has the potential to be very damaging for the Royal Family if it were to go ahead.

"Certainly in the public’s opinion it could be damaging, the Royal Family does to some extent rely on public opinion and what people think of them to function."

She goes on to add: "I think the public is behind the Royals right now.

"Especially the Queen, and Prince Philip especially as he tends to speak what others think but don’t dare to say.

"Time will tell how the case does or doesn’t affect that but right now, the Royals are in good standing."

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Referencing the way Johnny Depp’s libel suit against ex Amber Heard played out in public, Ms Seward had suggested Meghan’s case should not be allowed to follow the same high profile route.

Ms Seward had previously told Daily Star Online the public interest in the case could make it a "deeply deeply unpleasant" experience with "no real winners."

She said: "I think they will settle, because I think it cannot be a Johnny Depp and Amber Heard situation, which it would be multiplied by twenty.

"I’m sure her lawyers will advise her when giving evidence it would be a deeply deeply unpleasant experience and there will be no winners."

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