Fortune has smiled on Meghan Markle. After early setbacks in the Duchess's ongoing court battle with The Mail on Sunday, a High Court judge agreed with Meghan's legal team, which had requested to postpone the trial until the fall of next year. The delay was granted after her lawyers cited a "confidentiality ground." Despite this win, it was not all good news for Prince Harry's wife.
Meghan Markle's Mail on Sunday lawsuit postponed to late 2021
Just weeks after losing the first round of the lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the team of lawyers representing Meghan Markle achieved a significant victory in the legal process.
This morning, Justice Warby ordered that the start of the trial be postponed for nine months—until the fall of 2021—after first being set for January 2021.
"The trial will be reconfirmed for a new date in the autumn," the judge said. "I'm confident that we'll be able to find a time in the autumn in October or November in which the trail can be conducted."
Meghan Markle's The Mail on Sunday trial setbacks
Despite receiving her first victory, the Duchess of Sussex cannot boast of a fully won battle — far from it.
In today's hearing, the court ratified its decision to allow the publishers of The Mail on Sunday to use biography Finding Freedom as part of their defense against the former Suits actress. Harry and Meghan denied collaborating on the unauthorized book, but unspecified contents in it will be used against them, regardless.
Meghan filed the privacy lawsuit against the newspaper earlier in 2020 after it published a series of personal revelations, including a letter she wrote to her father in 2018. Reports add that Associated Newspapers did not oppose today's delay ruling.