Meghan’s lawyer says William’s assistant can’t say ‘no authority’

The Duchess of Sussex’s lawyer has claimed a former senior aide to the Prince of Wales cannot give evidence in Meghan’s copyright case against a newspaper publisher without her permission. his boss.

evidence from Jason Knauf, Harry and Meghan’s former communications secretary, who at the time was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s chief aide at the time, was trusted by Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL) when appealing Report Meghan’s legal victory.

The Duchess successfully sued ANL, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, over five articles that copied parts of a “personal and private” letter to her estranged father Thomas Markle on August 2018.

A Supreme Court judge ruled in Meghan’s favor last year without a full trial, but ANL appealed the decision and argued the case should go to trial, with lawyers The publisher’s argument about new evidence from Mr Knauf suggested that Meghan wrote the letter with the understanding that it could be leaked.

The challenge was dismissed by the judges of the Court of Appeal.


The Prince of Wales (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Meghan’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, a partner at the law firm Schillings, said on the final episode of the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary: “As we were preparing to go to the Court of Appeal, a senior member of the cast in the Duke of Cambridge’s team arrived. forward to give witness testimony, which is not required and sadly there is no way he could have done it without the permission of his bosses.

In a separate documentary, the Sussexes were discussing the development at the time, with Meghan saying: “I know, it’s your brother, I’m not going to say anything about your brother. , but that’s too obvious…”

Harry said there had been attempts to “cover up” the aide’s relationship with William, with Mr Knauf being seen as a “former aide to Meghan and Harry” as opposed to, at the time, is serving as executive director of the Royal Foundation of William and Kate.

An unidentified woman commented: “That’s what I keep saying… Why are we talking about him as her former assistant and not as someone who works for her brother’s friend?”


The Duke of Sussex (Stephane De Sakutin/PA)

Harry replied: “That’s why I’m living in another country right now, because basically all communication (contact) groups are trying to outdo each other.

“This is a contract, a symbiotic relationship between two organizations that works as best as it can.”

Mr Knauf was working for the Sussexes as their communications secretary when in October 2018 he emailed concerns about Meghan’s bullying to William’s then-private secretary, in an effort explicitly intended to force Buckingham Palace to protect its staff. The claims have previously been denied by the duchess’ legal representative.

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The final episode of the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary series featured written responses from both Mr Knauf and the duchess’ legal team.


Senior Assistant Jason Knauf (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The footage reads: “In response to allegations that Mr Knauf submitted voluntary witness testimony in connection with the Daily Mail litigation with the consent of Prince William’s office, a representative of Mr Knauf has submit the following statement:

“These claims are completely false. Mr Knauf has been asked by both the Duchess of Sussex and affiliated newspapers to provide evidence.

“He was advised by an attorney that the evidence in his possession could be relevant and he subsequently provided it directly to the court, remaining neutral in the process.”

The documentary adds: “The Duchess of Sussex’s lawyers responded with the following statement:

“The legal team of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, opposes this request. Mr Knauf was not asked by the duchess or her team to provide witness statements.

“Her lawyers also do not believe that Mr Knauf kept his ‘neutral’ attitude by submitting witness statements that the relevant newspapers relied on while working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” Meghan’s lawyer says William’s assistant can’t say ‘no authority’

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