Meghan Markle admits leaking personal information for bombshell tell-all book

Meghan Markle gave a friend permission to give personal information to authors writing a tell-all biography, court papers reveal.

Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex say she wanted to correct her father Thomas Markle's story that she "had abandoned him and not even tried to contact him".

New documents filed to the High Court reveal she authorised a friend to give her side of the story to journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand for their book Finding Freedom.

Meghan is locked in a legal battle with the Mail on Sunday, which she is suing for publishing a letter she wrote to her father.

She claims it violated her privacy, but the publisher claims she wanted to leak it because it told her side of the story.

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The royal, 39, recently succeeding in delaying the privacy case on confidentiality grounds until next year over the publication of parts of a handwritten letter in August 2018.

Lawyers for Meghan said she "was concerned that her father's narrative in the media that she had abandoned him and had not even tried to contact him (which was false) would be repeated, when in fact she had tried to call him, and text him, and had even written a letter to him to try to persuade him to stop dealing with the media; and he had written back to her.

"Accordingly, she indicated to a person whom she knew had already been approached by the authors that the true position as above (which that person and several others who knew the claimant already knew) could be communicated to the authors to prevent any further misrepresentation.

"She does not know to what extent or in what terms this one item of information concerning her communications with her father was shared with the authors."

Lawyers for the newspaper claim Meghan's letter was drafted with the help of the Kensington Palace press office.

They claim this means the letter was not Meghan's "own intellectual creation".

The Duchess claims she never spoke to the authors of Finding Freedom, but admits she does not know if anyone in the Kensington Palace communications team provided any information on her behalf.

Lawyers for the publisher allege Meghan breached her own privacy because she "permitted" details about her life to be shared with the authors, including information about the bombshell letter.

In September, a month after the biography was published, the newspaper successfully applied to amend its defence in light of the publication.

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