A British judge on Thursday granted a request by the Duchess of Sussex to postpone the trial of her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper published, and said the reason for the delay should remain secret.
During a hearing in London, judge Mark Warby granted the application to delay the trial for around nine months, from a scheduled Jan.11 start date to October or November 2021. The exact date will be set later.
The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for delay request should be kept confidential;.
The former Meghan Markle, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website that published portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry.
Associated Newspaper is contesting the claim at the High Court in London. The published did not resist the application to delay, but said the case was causing anxiety to 76-year-old Thomas Markle, who has health problems but intends to come to London to testify at the trial.