Meghan Wins – level 3

08-03-2021 15:00

Meghan Markle won 630,000 dollars as a provisional payment towards her legal costs after she won a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday paper. The paper printed extracts of a letter that Markle wrote to her father.

The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex sent the handwritten letter to her father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018, following her marriage to Prince Harry. The wedding took place in May that year; however, Mr. Markle didn’t attend it. Extracts from the letter appeared in a double page spread in the paper and, according to a High Court judge, the publication of the letter was manifestly excessive and unlawful.

The duchess is speaking of 2 million dollars in legal fees with half the amount to be paid within fourteen days; however, the paper has described the sum as disproportionate.

Difficult words: provisional (temporary and possible to change later), manifestly (very obviously), disproportionate (surprising and unreasonable in amount or size).

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