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Meghan Markle wins £1 in token damages from UK Media Group

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Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle has won a modest £1 in damages from one of Britain’s biggest newspaper groups, as an appeals court has ruled in her favor in a privacy case.

An amount equal to $1.40 or 1.20 euros is payable by Associated Newspapers for misuse of personal information, and it must also pay a “confidential amount” for infringing its copyrights.

A spokeswoman for the Duchess of Sussex said the amount was “substantial” for copyright infringement and would be donated to charity.

Details of last month’s discovery by the Court of Appeals in London emerged in a written case order published on Wednesday by lawyers for Associated, which publishes the Sunday newspaper and the Mail on MailOnline.

The order states that Associated must also pay Markle £300,000 for legal costs.

The Associated had said it was considering making another appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court, after a high court judge last year ruled in favor of the former TV actress without a full trial.

But according to the BBC, “the company has now conceded defeat in the long-running case”.

The Duchess on Sunday sued Associated by the Mail over publication in 2019 that she wrote to her estranged father.

Associated’s lawyers had argued that Markle wrote the correspondence knowing it was likely to be leaked, despite claims to the contrary.

Last month, Markle apologized to the appeals court after admitting that she had allowed the authors of a friendly biography of her short stint in Britain as a frontline royal, despite previous denials on the matter.

Markle, 40, and Harry, 37, now live in California after stepping down from royal duties in 2019. He has taken legal action against several publications alleging breach of confidentiality.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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