Meghan Markle is set to receive £1 (around C$1.70) in damages from Associated Newspapers following her courtroom victory.

The company will also pay an “unspecified sum for a separate case of infringing her copyright.”

The £1 “represents the privacy claim” a spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex told ET Canada.

A “substantial confidential payment” for the copyright claim will be made and donated to charity.

“From the beginning, The Duchess has been clear that this case is primarily about the difference between right and wrong, and that’s what this victory is really about,” the spokesperson added.

When winning the summary judgement, Meghan and her team were allowed to pick if the financial remedy would be via damages or an account of profits from the Mail on Sunday. They picked account of profits that are based on the copyright and would amount to the profit the paper made from the story. Associated Newspapers then decided to “settle for a substantially higher confidential amount based on their account of profits” instead of going to trial where they would have to reveal their business practices to find out their full account of profits.

Documents confirmed the newspapers had accepted defeat despite previous suggestions they were considering a further appeal to the Supreme Court.

The BBC claimed the Mail on Sunday may also have to cover a “substantial part of Meghan’s legal costs,” which could be more than £1 million (around C$1.7 million).

Last year, a British court ruled in favour of Meghan in her copyright claim against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, over the publication of a personal letter she wrote to estranged father, Thomas Markle.

On Dec. 26, the Mail on Sunday fulfilled one part of the court’s orders by acknowledging the Duchess of Sussex’s courtroom win. As ITV reported, Lord Justice Warby ruled that the statement did not have to be published “in the same position, and be in the same size font, as the front-page trailer complained of.”

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ANL had appealed the court’s decision, which allowed the newspaper to delay printing the notice, but now that the appeal was shot down there was no further cause for delay.

As a result, a statement at the bottom of the Mail on Sunday’s front page on Boxing Day reads, “The Duchess of Sussex wins her legal case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers for articles published in The Mail on Sunday and posted on Mail Online – SEE PAGE 3”


On page three, a headline reads, “The Duchess of Sussex,” below which is written: “Following a hearing on 19-20 January, 2021, and a further hearing on 5 May, 2021, the Court has given judgment for the Duchess of Sussex on her claim for copyright infringement.

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“The Court found that Associated Newspapers infringed her copyright by publishing extracts of her handwritten letter to her father in The Mail on Sunday and on Mail Online. Financial remedies have been agreed.”

Meanwhile, the hashtag #MeghanMarkleWon began trending on Twitter as fans of the Duchess of Sussex shared their thoughts.

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