Meghan Markle wrote letter to Thomas Markle Snr with help of palace -court documents claim

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MEGHAN MARKLE wrote her letter to her estranged father with the help of the Kensington Palace office, court documents reportedly claim.

Meghan did not write her letter to Thomas Markle Snr during the summer of 2018 alone, documents newly-filed by representatives of the Mail on Sunday at the High Court have claimed. These papers reportedly alleged Jason Knauf, at the time the communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, “and/or others in the Kensington Palace communications team contributed to the writing of the letter”.

Mr Knauf is now chief executive at the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Kate and William’s charitable platform.

This help allegedly provided by Kensington Palace to the Duchess of Sussex, the representatives of the Mail on Sunday argued in the court filings, would make the letter not Meghan’s “own intellectual creation”.

In her claim lodged at the High Court, Meghan said to have drafted the letter “using her own intellectual creativity”.

It is alleged the documents claimed she spent “several weeks” composing the letter which was eventually sent to her father in August 2018.

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Meghan Markle is suing the Mail on Sunday (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle wrote her letter to her father in August 2018 (Image: GETTY)

The letter was first drafted on the Notes application on her iPhone, the court was told, before being carefully copied out “by hand, making a number of minor modifications, so as to create the letter”, court documents read.

The claim filed by the Duchess of Sussex described both the electronic draft written in Notes and the handwritten letter as “original literary work” which should be protected by copyright.

However, the document filed by the Mail on Sunday’s lawyers is thought to read: “It is for the Claimant to prove she was the only person who contributed to the writing of the Electronic Draft.

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Meghan Markle during her royal tour Down Under (Image: GETTY)

“Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Defendant infers that Jason Knauf and/or others in the Kensington Palace Communications team contributed to the writing of the Electronic Draft.

“Precisely which parts were the result of such contribution is uniquely known to the Claimant, Jason Knauf and others in the team.”

The new papers lodged at the High Court by the Mail on Sunday also claimed the letter sent by Meghan is not wholly original as it contained her views on her father and his conduct.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their wedding day (Image: GETTY)

The documents allegedly read: “The whole of the Letter comprises a recitation of facts both past and present, including the Claimant’s views as to her father and his conduct and an admonishment to him.

“The Defendant’s case is all of those pre-existing facts and admonishment as such are not themselves part of any literary intellectual creation of the Claimant and therefore not original in the copyright sense.”

Kensington Palace told Express.co.uk it won’t comment on these claims.

Express.co.uk has contacted Meghan’s representatives for comment.

Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday’s publisher, Associated Newspapers, over the publication, in February 2019, of extracts of the letter she sent to her estranged father.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have stepped down as senior royals (Image: EXPRESS)

The public first discovered the existence of this letter in early 2019, when five friends of the Duchess spoke anonymously to People magazine about Meghan and briefly mentioned her note to Mr Markle.

Meghan is seeking damages from the publisher, accused of alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act.

Associated Newspapers wholly denies Meghan’s allegations, particularly the Duchess’s claim that the letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning, and has said it will hotly contest the case.

The privacy trial was due to begin on January 11 and to last between eight to 10 days.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)

However, in late October, the Duchess of Sussex successfully applied to push back the trial by nine months.

Upon ruling on the postponement, Mr Justice Warby said: “The right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application to adjourn.

“That means that the trial date of January 11 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be refixed for a new date in the autumn.”

The High Court judge also said the “primary basis” on which the adjournment was sought was “a confidential ground”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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