The trial was originally set for January 11, 2021, with Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry both confirmed to return to London in order to attend. Due to Meghan's request, the trial has now been pushed back to fall of next year, with a specific date to follow later. BAZAAR.com understands that Meghan's request was granted after her legal team gave "a confidential ground" as to why a postponement was needed.
The duchess revealed that she was suing The Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, in October 2019 after the outlet published portions of a private letter the duchess had written to her father following the couple's 2018 royal wedding. Meghan also called out the paper for its attempts to find her father's whereabouts in Mexico, claiming that it was using her notoriety as a public figure as a means to invade his privacy.
In another court filing, Meghan described her strained relationship with the British media, noting that "a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media" were published once she joined the royal family.
Meghan also claimed that amid the tabloid frenzy, part of which took place when she was expecting her first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, heavily affected her mental health. Court documents described the duchess as experiencing "emotional distress and damage to her mental health" amid the chaos in the tabloids and her feeling "unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself" at the time.
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