Meghan Markle is going to bat for her friends. In new court documents, the Duchess of Sussex accuses the Mail on Sunday of attempting to expose her friends for "clickbait."
On Thursday, the 38-year-old filed a witness statement to stop the Associated Newspapers from revealing the five names of the women who previously spoke with People magazine about the duchess and her lawsuit against the publication.
Submitted to the High Court, the statement read, “Associated Newspapers, the owner of The Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, is threatening to publish the names of five women—five private citizens—who made a choice on their own to speak anonymously with a U.S. media outlet more than a year ago, to defend me from the bullying behavior of Britain’s tabloid media. These five women are not on trial, and nor am I.”
She continued, “Each of these women is a private citizen, young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy. Both the Mail on Sunday and the court system have their names on a confidential schedule, but for the Mail on Sunday to expose them in the public domain for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain is vicious and poses a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing.”
Markle concluded by asking the court to require the publishers to keep the women’s names anonymous.
“I respectfully ask the court to treat this legal matter with the sensitivity it deserves, and to prevent the publisher of the Mail on Sunday from breaking precedent and abusing the legal process by identifying these anonymous individuals - a privilege that these newspapers, in fact, rely upon to protect their own unnamed sources.”
Way to go, Meghan. You officially receive the BFF award.