Meghan’s court win ‘surprised’ royal staff who were ‘ready to give evidence’

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Meghan Markle's High Court privacy battle win "shocked" royal sources as it stopped palace aides from giving evidence in a trial, according to reports.

The Duchess of Sussex sued the Mail On Sunday publisher, Associated Newspapers, after they published a letter she sent to her dad Thomas Markle.

Her lawyers had claimed publishing the letter was a breach of Meghan’s privacy, and a top judge granted the 39-year-old a summary judgement.

A group of aides, known as the Palace Four, were set to give evidence in the ruling, but the judgement meant the case was resolved without a trial.

One of the four, Jason Knauf, who was Meghan and Harry’s communications secretary, was said to have helped Meghan work on the letter to her dad.

A royal source reportedly told the Sunday Times the win "shocked" one of the couple’s former staff members and felt as though the judge "decided the evidence was irrelevant."

At an earlier hearing, a letter written on behalf of the Palace Four said "one or more of them" were happy to "shed some light" on "relevant matters" in the case.

The letter also suggested that they could help to determine whether Meghan "anticipated that the letter might come into the public domain."

An Associated Newspaper source told the Sunday Times: "We are astonished that the judge doesn’t want to hear the evidence from the Palace Four when they say they are willing to give evidence and can shed light on the creation of the letter and whether she anticipated it would become public."

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Meghan’s win was described as "sensational" by Richard Fitzwilliams who told Daily Star the decision to lodge the privacy complaint could have ended in "catastrophe" if it went to trial.

He said: "Essentially, it is a victory for the Royals and the notion that Royals don’t have a right to privacy isn’t true.

"Equally, royals have been so careful of court cases because once you’ve appeared in court you can’t control the narrative.

"You never know what might or might not be discussed. Had Meghan gone up against her father, it really would have been calamitous, especially for someone who seeks an image of being caring because it would have highlighted family divisions."

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