Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, apologizes to British court, denies any intention to cheat

The Sussex had previously repeatedly denied collaborating with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand in her book “Finding Freedom,” but Meghan apologized in a witness release Wednesday after a former aide told the court he gave information to the perpetrators.

The Duchess’s apology came as part of her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publisher of the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday, which reproduced parts of a private letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.

In February Meghan won her privacy claim against publisher ANL, and the judge ruled “the disclosures were obviously excessive and therefore illegal”, and that there would be “no prospect that a different judgment would be reached after trial.”

However, ANL challenges the verdict and says a trial should take place, PA reports.

In his own testimony, Meghan and Harry’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf said the book was “discussed routinely” and “discussed directly with the Duchess several times in person and by email,” according to PA.

Knauf said Meghan provided several points to share with the authors during a possible meeting, which he also discussed with Harry via email.

The former assistant said Harry told him, “I totally agree that we should be able to say we have nothing to do with it,” in the email, reports PA. “Equally, giving the right context and background to them would help get some truths out.”

In her own testimony Meghan said: “I accept that Mr Knauf did indeed make some information available to the authors for the book and that he did so to the best of my knowledge, for a meeting he had planned with the authors in his capacity as secretary of The extent of the information he shared is unknown to me. ”

“When I approved the passage … I didn’t have the advantage of seeing these emails and I apologize to the court for not remembering these exchanges at the time. I didn’t want to or intended to deceive the defendant at all. Or the court. “

Meghan also said she was unaware of the emails between her and Knauf at the time of her previous statement because the lawsuit did not reach the disclosure stage, and her lawyers asked to postpone the lawsuit because of her pregnancy.

“I was in the first trimester of my third pregnancy at the time, having had an abortion a few months earlier, and felt very unwell,” Meghan said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly characterized the apology made by the Duchess of Sussex.

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