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Entertainment

Web Desk
January 22, 2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former royal aides to testify in privacy case

Entertainment

Web Desk
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

As Meghan Markle’s privacy case gets unraveled, four of her royal aides are also expected to give evidence against Associated Publishers.

According to BBC, former private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Samantha Cohen, former director of communications, Sara Latham, communications secretary, Jason Knauf and former deputy communications secretary Christian Jones, will be testifying in the court in the former actor's lawsuit against publishers of the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail over breach of privacy and copyright.  

The royal aides, famously dubbed “the Palace Four”, would maintain neutrality in their stance.

The lawyers of the former aides said in a letter: "None of our clients welcomes his or her potential involvement in this litigation, which has arisen purely as a result of the performance of his or her duties in their respective jobs at the material time.”

"Nor does any of our clients wish to take sides in the dispute between your respective clients. Our clients are all strictly neutral,” it went on to say.

"They have no interest in assisting either party to the proceedings. Their only interest is in ensuring a level playing field, insofar as any evidence they may be able to give is concerned,” the lawyers added.

They went on to add the three issues they could bring to light regarding Meghan’s infamous letter to her father Thomas Markle: “The creation of the letter and the electronic draft”; “whether or not the claimant anticipated that the letter might come into the public domain”; and whether the duchess was "directly or indirectly provided private information, generally and in relation to the letter specifically, to the authors of Finding Freedom.”