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The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has revealed that she was “prohibited” from defending herself during her tenure as a senior member of the British royal family.

In October 2019, Markle filed a privacy claim against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday, Associated Newspapers Limited, after the outlet published extracts of a personal letter she wrote to her father.

She is suing Associated Newspapers Limited for the alleged breach of privacy, copyright infringement, and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

“The Claimant had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the Defendant, which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health,” the lawsuit reads in part.

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“As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”

The UK media mercilessly bullied Markle throughout her pregnancy. It is reportedly one of the main reasons that Markle and husband Harry officially ended their Sussex Royal reign on March 31.

The couple recently moved to Los Angeles, along with the only child Archie, have will no longer undertake representative duties on behalf of the Queen or represent the Commonwealth.

“As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise,” they said in a joint statement at the time.