Meghan Markle may be forced to hand over texts in legal fight over dad’s letter

Meghan Markle could be forced to hand over private texts, emails and phone records in a court battle over a letter she sent to her dad, Thomas.

The ex-Suits actress, 38, is taking The Mail on Sunday to court after the newspaper for publishing the letter, claiming it breaches her privacy.

Duchess Meghan also claimed it was a breach of copyright and the Data Protection Act.

It has emerged, however, that she could be forced to hand over communications as part of the disclosure process.

The newspaper’s key defence is to suggest Meghan put the letter into the public domain in the first place by letting pals, who later disclosed details to People magazine, know about its contents.

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A source told The Sun: “There will be a duty on both sides to disclose relevant information and documentation, which for Meghan could include her personal communications.

“If it becomes clear that text messages, emails and phone records were relevant to the case then she would have to provide them to the other side.

“The defence lawyers will probably argue any communication she had with friends over the People article is relevant.”

Meghan and her hubby Prince Harry, 35, are being represented by top celeb law firm Schillings as they take on the tabloid press.

Her spokeswoman told The Sun: “The Duchess of Sussex is very clear as to what the litigation against Associated Newspapers involves and is resolute in her determination to see the case through, in order to hold the tabloid to account for its actions.”

It is understood Thomas Markle Sr, 75, is cooperating with the newspaper as he may need to give evidence in court.

Prince Harry is also taking The Sun and Daily Mirror to court over alleged phone hacking.

It is believed the historic claims are alleged to have happened in the 2000s.

Daily Star Online has also approached Meghan’s representative for comment.

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