Meghan Markle wins fight to keep identities of five friends secret

Meghan Markle has won a High Court bid to keep secret the identities of five friends who gave an anonymous interview to People magazine in the latest stage of her legal action against Associated Newspapers.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing the national newspaper publisher over five articles – two in the Mail on Sunday and three on MailOnline – published in February 2019 that reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle, 75, in August 2018.

The group of five friends will remain only identified in confidential court documents after Meghan’s lawyers argued they had a right to anonymity, both as confidential journalistic sources and under their own privacy rights.

Mr Justice Warby said he had concluded the duchess should be granted the order ‘for the time being at least’ in a ruling on Wednesday.

The royal previously claimed her friends gave the interview without her knowledge and denied a claim made by ANL that she ’caused or permitted’ the People article to be published.

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