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Duchess Meghan Felt "Unprotected" by the Royal Family Against False Tabloid Stories

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a close up of a woman wearing a hat: Meghan Markle's Mail on Sunday lawsuit continues. A new court filing revealed that she felt "unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself." © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images Meghan Markle's Mail on Sunday lawsuit continues. A new court filing revealed that she felt "unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself."
  • Duchess Meghan's lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday continues.
  • A new court filing, obtained by BAZAAR.com, has been provided by the duchess and reveals that a number of articles "caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health."
  • The Duchess of Sussex's filing also explained that she was "unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself" as a senior member of the royal family.

Duchess Meghan's lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, is ongoing. The duchess decided to take legal action after the tabloid published a private letter she'd written to her father, Thomas Markle. In the case's latest development, Meghan provided more information as requested by the defendant, "the third time they have done so in this case so far," a source tells BAZAAR.com.

According to the insider, the Duchess of Sussex's latest court filing "undermines, and provides evidence to disprove, the core claims that are made in the Mail on Sunday's case." The outlet had previously alleged that Meghan "arranged for her friends to tell People magazine about her letter to her father," the source adds to BAZAAR. "[The publication] argues that because she allowed her friends to discuss the letter, she gave up her privacy rights. In our response, we set out in absolute detail to prove how this is categorically untrue."

The court filing also gives some insight into the duchess's personal feelings on the matter, particularly as she was subjected to "a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media," according to the court document.

As noted in the filing, such stories "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."

As the lawsuit centers around a private and personal letter the duchess had sent to her father, the source denotes its publication by the tabloid as a "gross violation of any person's right to privacy."

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