Meghan Markle’s request to delay her high-stakes privacy trial was approved by a High Court judge yesterday. The new trial date is being arranged for autumn 2021 but Thomas Markle, the Duchess’ father, has raised serious concerns about the adjournment.
Mr Markle has revealed he suffers from heart and lung problems and fears his health could deteriorate at any moment.
As a result, he wants the case to be “over with as quickly as possible”, and opposed his daughter’s move to delay the trial by 10-months.
Mr Markle’s comments were revealed in a statement by Elizabeth Hartley, Group Legal Director of Associated Newspapers – the publisher the Duchess is suing in the case.
He said: “This case is causing me anxiety and I want to get it over with as quickly as possible.
“I am 76 years old and as a result of my heart condition and surgery I am on blood thinners which have had an effect on my breathing.”
He added: “None of my male relatives have ever lived beyond 80 years of age.
“I am a realist and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this case takes place the better.”
Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, for breach of privacy for publishing extracts of a letter she sent Mr Markle in 2018.
Her father was due to give evidence at the trial, which was initially scheduled to start on January 11.
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