Meghan Markle files lawsuit against photo agency on behalf of son Archie

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

05th Sep, 2020. 10:16 pm
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Meghan Markle has recently filed a lawsuit against a Canadian photo agency for taking her and son Archie’s pictures while they were walking their dog on Vancouver Island.

However, the photographs were taken in January, but the Duchess of Sussex has claimed that that was a violation of the Data Protection Act.

The photo agency, “Splash” has replied back to Meghan’s claims and said,

“She knew everything that was going on” but “she carried on walking when she knew she was being photographed.”

According to the details, under the name of Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as well as Meghan, the case has been forwarded in London’s High Court.

The Duke and the Duchess in the lawsuit are mentioned as Archie’s “litigation friends”, which means they have been appointed to make decisions for their son in the lawsuit.

In a remote hearing, the representative of the couple, barrister Jonathan Barnes said the mother-son had been “papped”.

He said,

“In a nutshell, as a claimant lawyer, I would describe what happened to the claimants as being they were ‘papped’. This was without their acquiescence or consent and it is accepted that it was by an employee of the [US agency], Steve Dennett.”

Barnes added that the photos were taken during a “private recreational outing on Vancouver Island.”

He went on to say that,

“the first claimant knew everything that was going on and was a volunteer in the sense that she carried on walking when she knew she was being photographed.”

The barrister concluded by saying,

“What happened immediately after the photographs were taken is that … they were immediately offered for worldwide syndication to the media and, what’s more, they were then snapped up, in particular by Associated Newspapers and News Group.”

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