Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wins privacy claim against newspaper over letter to her father

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has won a privacy claim in her case against a tabloid newspaper that published a handwritten letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

The judge in the case issued a summary judgement, which will avoid a full trial.

Markle sued newspaper publisher Associated Newspapers Limited after the group’s tabloid, the Mail on Sunday, printed portions of a handwritten letter that she had sent to her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018.

The Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers previously ​said they stood by the decision to publish excerpts from the letter and would defend the case vigorously.

Another hearing to decide matters related to the case and outline next steps will take place on March 2, 2021.