Court documents reveal Meghan Markle felt 'unprotected' by the royal family

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle
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  • New documents in Meghan Markle's case against the British tabloid press is revealing just how "unprotected" she felt before her exit from the royal firm.
  • The documents say Meghan's friends were "rightly concerned for her welfare" as various articles by the media caused "tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health".
  • The latest developments come after the duchess recently lost the first round of her legal battle when parts of her breach of privacy claims were struck out in court.


New court documents in Meghan Markle's ongoing case against the press has revealed how "unprotected" the duchess felt while being a member of the royal firm.

E! News obtained the documents submitted by the duchess' lawyers which reads: "[Meghan Markle] had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the [Mail on Sunday], which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health.

"As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution and prohibited from defending herself."

Further, the documents also state Meghan's friends were driven to reveal how the duchess was feeling in an article by People because they were allegedly "mandated" to give "no comment" when approached by the press. Though Meghan says she did not know about the article prior to its publication.

These developments are the latest in Meghan's case against Associated Newspapers, which started after the 38-year-old said the Mail on Sunday published a personal letter she'd sent to her father, and deliberately framed it to misrepresent herself and Prince Harry.

She slammed various stories published by the press and the narratives created concerning her baby shower, the renovations done at the couple's home in Windsor, as "untrue and offensive".

Earlier this year she lost the first round of her legal battle, reports Variety, when parts of her breach of privacy claims were struck out in court by the request of Associated Newspapers.