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Judge Orders UK Tabloid to Share Meghan Markle's Legal Victory on Front Page

Judge Orders UK Tabloid to Share Meghan Markle's Legal Victory on Front Page

Meghan Markle will have a front cover victory.

The royal, who had a big legal win against The Mail on Sunday for publishing a personal letter meant to be for father, was awarded $625,000 in legal costs.

On Friday (March 5), a follow-up ruling from Justice Warby declared that the newspaper should also feature Meghan‘s win on its front page.

The judge wrote that while the paper’s attorney may say the summary judgment ruling was “one of the most widely read public judgments of recent years,” the judiciary website registered just 4,652 overall views with a tweet sharing the link retweeted 121 times, via THR.

“It goes without saying that these figures pale by comparison with the readership of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, and other media outlets that covered the story,” he wrote.

The judge is also disturbed by how “there has been just one short article on an inside page of” the Mail.

“There is something to be said for [Markle's] argument that the coverage of the case in MailOnline has not been very informative about the issues in the case and how they were resolved. The coverage could be read as suggesting that judgment in the claimant’s favour on privacy ‘WITHOUT a trial’ (sic) is a startling and unusual one, and that the entire question of whether the claimant owned any copyright was to go to trial,” the judge continued.

Plus, The Mail kept its original story about the letter to the father up.

“In the absence of any explanation, I am tempted to infer that it is a form of defiance,” the judge declared, ordering that the newspaper publish on its front page in font size no smaller than the headline originally used for the story “Meghan’s shattering letter to her father” that judgment was given to Meghan.

“It is not, in itself, an objectionable or disproportionate interference with free speech to require a newspaper that has made a wrongful publication to publish a supplementary statement, be it a correction or a reference to the court’s judgment,” the judge concludes. Click here to read the ruling in full.

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