On Thursday, December 2, Meghan took home the major win in her legal battle with The Mail on Sunday after the publication leaked the private letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in 2018.
The court originally ruled in Meghan’s favor after she sued the newspaper for publishing the “personal and private” letter in 2019, but The Mail on Sunday's publisher Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) tried to appeal the judge’s decision, arguing that the case should go to trial. Fortunately for the Duchess of Sussex, the court wasn’t buying it — and denied the appeal this week.
While the former Suits actress was celebrating what she called a “precedent-setting” win, the angry TV show host voiced his opinion on the matter by not-so-subtly calling the 40-year-old mom a liar.
“A responsible statement from Piers, The Earl of Exposing Princess Pinocchio Bullsh*t, will be published shortly,” Morgan tweeted on Thursday, referencing the previous nickname he gave her. The former Good Morning Britain host followed up his tweet with another that read, “Yes yes, my new column on Princess Pinocchio is coming...patience, everyone!”
This isn't the first time Morgan went after Meghan. The 56-year-old first dubbed the brunette beauty “Princess Pinocchio” after her and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. Following the shocking allegations the couple made about life behind palace walls — with Meghan admitting she had suicidal thoughts — Morgan fiercely accused her of lying.
The TV personality ended up quitting his morning show after going on a verbal tirade directed at the Duchess — which led to her making a formal complaint about him.
Despite what the haters have to say, the royal seemed elated over the legal win, as she gushed over her victory in a statement released Thursday.
“This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right,” Meghan wrote. “While this win is precedent setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
As OK! previously reported, the defendant tried to get the ruling overturned on the basis that Meghan was aware that the letter could be leaked, and that she worded it carefully with that possibility in mind.
However, the Court of Appeals said it is “hard to see what evidence could have been adduced at trial that would have altered the situation.”
“From day one, I have treated this lawsuit as an important measure of right versus wrong,” Meghan continued in Thursday’s statement. “The defendant has treated it as a game with no rules. The longer they dragged it out, the more they could twist the facts and manipulate the public (even during the appeal itself), making a straightforward case extraordinarily convoluted in order to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers — a model that rewards chaos above truth.”
“In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation, and calculated attacks,” the statement read.
Meghan wrote the letter to her estranged father — whom she has had a rocky relationship with for years — in the first place to protect Harry, according to her text messages sent to former communications secretary Jason Knauf. The mother-of-two reached out to Thomas around the time of her royal wedding to urge him to stop talking to the press.
She later sued the news outlet on the basis that the publication abused her private information and breached the Data Protection Act.