Meghan Markle ‘had help from Palace aides’ writing letter to father

Meghan Markle received help from Kensington Palace aides to write a letter to her estranged father Thomas Markle, court documents have claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over an article which reproduced parts of a letter sent to her father after he star-studded wedding to Prince Harry.

Publication of the "private and confidential" letter was a breach of Meghan’s privacy, the Suits star has alleged, an accusation ANL, who owns Mail On Sunday, has denied.

It was also claimed extracts of the letter breached copyright laws, but ANL has claimed in documents filed at the High Court that the letter was not the "own intellectual creation" of Meghan.

Associated Newspapers has alleged Kensington Palace communications team "contributed to the writing" of an electronic draft, which the letter was later "copied" from.

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According to the Daily Mail, the document states: "It is for the claimant Meghan to prove she was the only person who contributed to the writing of the electronic draft.

"Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the defendant (ANL) infers that Jason Knauf and/or others in the Kensington Palace communications team contributed to the writing of the electronic draft.

"Precisely which parts were the result of such contribution is uniquely known to the Claimant, Jason Knauf and others in the team."

It comes after Meghan's lawyers asked to adjourn the trial for a "confidential reason" at the Duchess' request.

Mr Justice Warby agreed and postponed the trial, which was due to start on January 11 to the following autumn.

Judge Warby said the private hearing was necessary to protect "the confidentiality of the information relied on" by Meghan in her application to postpone the trial.

Other reasons put forward by the duchess' legal team included Meghan's application for summary judgment – a legal step in which Meghan is seeking to have the case resolved without a trial.

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