AceShowbiz - Meghan Markle opened up her feelings during the time she stayed with British royal family in new court documents from her ongoing lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday. It is said that Duchess of Sussex felt "silenced" and "unprotected" by the Royal Family amid the constant public backlash.
"[Meghan Markle] had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the U.K. tabloid media, specifically by the [Mail on Sunday], which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health," the documents, which were obtained by E! News, read.
"As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution and prohibited from defending herself," the documents continued.
Additionally, it was said that it was Prince Harry who told the former "Suits" star that her friends defended her against the claims made by the Mail on Sunday, which revealed her personal letter to her father Thomas Markle following his fake paparazzi scandal.
Meghan's legal team believed that Meghan's anonymous friends did so because Kensington Palace allegedly "mandated" that the Duchess' close friends give "no comment" when they were approached by the press. "Had the Claimant been asked or been given the opportunity to participate, she would have asked the KP Communications Team to say on the record that she had not been involved with the People magazine article, as she had not been," her representatives asserted.
Harry and Meghan are suing The Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, after the "unlawful" publication of a private letter the Duchess had written to her father, Thomas Markle. Meanwhile, Harry has filed papers against the owners of The Sun, the defunct News of the World, and the Daily Mirror, in relation to allegations of phone-hacking.