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Duchess Meghan Trends Online After Daily Mail Publisher Finally Acknowledges Court Defeat

After a legal battle lasting almost three-years, Britain’s Mail on Sunday has finally admitted defeat and printed a front-page legal notice accepting Duchess Meghan’s court win .

The tabloid’s December 26 edition features the court-ordered headline confirming the Duchess of Sussex’s May victory, which saw judge Lord Justice Warby order publisher Associated Newspapers to pay out damages and £1.5 million ($1.88 million) in legal costs after publishing a number of extracts from a private handwritten letter she had sent to her father in 2018.

"The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against associated newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online," the Boxing Day edition’s cover-line reads, adhering to the font size and appearance dictated by the British High Court in the summer. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. The Mail on Sunday have accepted defeat and printed a front page notice following Meghan, Duchess of Sussex winning her legal case against the paper in May for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement. A large payout will follow in due course. pic.twitter.com/6r2a05j1hG — Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 25, 2021 Inside the paper features a report of the summary judgment, which was delivered to the Mail six-months prior to their failed attempt at appealing the ruling in the U.K.’s Court of Appeals. "Following a hearing on 19-20 January 2021, and a further hearing on 5 May 2021, the Court has given judgment for The Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement," the statement read. "The Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and in Mail Online. Financial remedies have been agreed." Payments from the paper to Meghan—who still plans to make donations to anti-bullying charities—will be made in due course.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Tucked away in the top left corner of page three is the court-ordered “short report” the Mail on Sunday were required to print following Duchess Meghan’s High Court win in May. In his judgement summary, judge Lord Justice Warby dictated the exact wording and font size to be used. pic.twitter.com/xHdvqEjJz0 — Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 25, 2021 While the publisher had hoped for their admission to fly under the radar on one of the quietest newspaper-buying days in the British media calendar, the internet was quick to pick up on the public defeat. Within hours #MeghanMarkleWon trended across Twitter, with over 25,000 tweets in the U.S. carrying the hashtag at the time of this article being published.

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