British tabloid Mail On Sunday is defending their reasoning behind publishing Meghan Markle’s personal letters.
In a statement to the BBC, a spokesperson argued “huge and legitimate public interest” in the royal family.
Markle is currently in the process of suing the newspaper and its parent group for publishing a letter she wrote to her father in 2018. Markle claims the outlet misused her private information, selective editing of the letter and breach of copyright.
“There is a huge and legitimate public interest in the royal family and the activities, conduct and standards of behaviour of its members,” the spokesperson said. “This extends not merely to their public conduct, but to their personal and family relationships because those are integral to the proper functioning of the monarchy.”
They also claimed that Markle and the rest of the family actually “rely on publicity about themselves and their lives in order to maintain the privileged positions they hold and promote themselves”.
The new comments come as the royal family aims to rework Markle and her husband Prince Harry’s roles. The pair issued a statement recently announcing their plan to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family.”