PUBLISHED: 15:36, Wed, Sep 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:40, Wed, Sep 23, 2020
Meghan announced her intention to sue Associated Newspapers last October, after the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline published a private letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle. The handwritten note was sent to Mr Markle before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, but he reportedly did not pass it to Associated Newspapers until February 2019. The Duchess of Sussex has accused the publishers of misusing her private information, breaching data protection rights and copyright infringement after printing segments of the letter.
However, it has since been noted that the new biography, Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, also printed extracts of the letter.
These extracts appear to have replicated Meghan’s letter which was published through Associated Newspapers.
It then begs the question as to why Meghan does not appear to have objected to Finding Freedom’s authors using the letter.
Unauthorised biographies published in the US have been subject to legal challenges and accused of invasion of privacy in the past, as have those in the UK.
Meghan Markle is currently in the middle of a court case against Associated Newspapers (Image: Getty)
Meghan Markle news: The case revolves around a letter Meghan sent before her wedding to her father, Thomas Markle (Image: Getty)
The first page of 'Finding Freedom' reads: "First published in Great Britain by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2020."
The following sentence adds: "First published in the United States by Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, New York in 2020."
With the biography published in both the UK and the US, it is perhaps a surprise that the book has not faced the same level of criticism as Associated Newspapers -- despite including the same material.
Her lawyers have denounced the book this week — one month after its publication, when it has already reached several bestseller lists.
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Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was released last month (Image: Getty)
Meghan’s legal team dubbed the book “anodyne” and said the anecdotes are “products of creative licence and/or are inaccurate”, in the ongoing court case against Associated Newspapers.
Both the authors and the Sussexes deny collaborating for the book.
The Sussexes have said they were “not interviewed and did not contribute” to the biography, but that it was based on the authors’ work within the royal press pack.
In tune with this claim, Meghan’s lawyers said this week that Mr Scobie and Ms Durand were never shown the letter.
The lawyers say the authors therefore lifted the quotes from the Mail on Sunday’s articles.