Meghan Markle has likely raised a nonalcoholic toast in Montecito as she has officially won another key aspect of her privacy case against the Associated Newspapers, most notably “The Daily Mail,” over the publication of a letter that she sent her father.
While news coverage of the case was of keen interest to royal watchers earlier in the year, interest in the case and what it means has generally cooled. But it’s come out that she has also won the copyright aspect of her case, in addition to the privacy portion.
This may seem a victory, but did Meghan really win anything besides the brief elation of getting one over on the dreadful British press that supposedly made her life so miserable?
In reality, not really. In the court of public opinion, Meghan has lost and is continuing to lose support.
Regardless of the court conclusion, the letter was still published for the world to read. It can never be taken back, and every day it continues to draw more and more negative attention, especially with the publication of her new book about fathers and sons. After the announcement, all people can point out is the irony that she wrote a book on this subject given that she completely cut her father out of her own life and he has never met her husband nor her son.
Seemingly without much cause, after all she had previously set up paparazzi shots as an actress. Why would she hold that against him? Questions still remain about whether he was ever actually invited to the wedding.
The fallout from the Oprah Winfrey interview has resulted in growing questions about the couple’s integrity, which again calls to questions about whether she wanted or anticipated that this letter would be released at some point. She had friends talk about it to People Magazine and Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand were apparently going to reveal its existence to the world in Meghan’s hagiography, “Finding Freedom.”
The letter was only released after her friends mentioned it to People, under Meghan’s express order.
In addition, her cries for privacy post-Oprah now look even more ridiculous. How can a woman moan and groan about her privacy in a court case after invading her own privacy with Oprah Winfrey while the world watched? It’s a farce.
Meghan and Harry file all of these various lawsuits against newspapers that dare to question their lives or actions, but that’s what you sign up for when you become a public figure, especially one that is paid for by taxpayers.
If you buy a dress worth $120,000 for one engagement while pregnant, people will and should question it.
If you travel around the world on multiple private jets, while criticizing others for traveling due to its environmental impact, you will be called out.
These court cases are never about “privacy,” but instead about acting like a totalitarian dictator who attacks any person or organization that dares to question them. It’s all about control.
So, she may get a little win here, but in the court of public opinion, especially post-Oprah she continues to lose.
And as for the Associated Newspapers and others, don’t stop fishing and publishing. That’s just what she wants you to do.