Lawyers representing the Duchess of Sussex will make a case in court today that a judge should be able to rule on the case without the need for a full trial. A hearing to consider costs and case management issues was scheduled to take place today before Meghan’s ten-day trial against Associated Newspapers starts in January. But Mr Justice Warby will now hear an application for summary judgment instead.
Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers, which is the publisher of The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, in the High Court.
This is over an article from February 2019 that published parts of a handwritten letter sent to her father, Thomas Markle.
A source told the Times: “We do not believe that the defence’s case has a chance of succeeding, and do not believe there is a compelling reason for trial.
“We are confident in our case and therefore believe it should be determined on a summary basis.”
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Meanwhile, the public’s opinion on Queen improved dramatically throughout the coronavirus pandemic, a poll has found.
A YouGov-led survey found that favourability for Kate Middleton and Prince William had also increased.
The poll also revealed people believe the Cambridge’s influence on the Royal Family over the next decade will prevail over that of the Sussexes, and even over Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The survey was conducted from October 3-4 with 1,626 people answering the questions.
Respondents were asked whether they had “positive or negative opinion” about specific royals.