Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have won one legal battle against the tabloid media following the apology of a paparazzi agency who took photos of their son, Archie Harrison.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's lawyer, celebrity attorney Michael Kump, relayed that the agency, X17, has apologized for breaching the privacy of the couple's son. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will also receive payment from the agency to cover part of the legal fees, per the Los Angeles Times.
X17 agreed to the permanent injunction after one of their photographers was able to illegally take pictures of one-year-old Archie who was playing in the backyard with his grandmother, Doria Ragland. The photos appeared in a tabloid in Europe.
Meghan and Harry filed the lawsuit in July after learning that drones from photographers were watching their every move. The paparazzi also circled and hovered helicopters above their temporary house, causing a disruption among their high-profile neighbors. The photographers also apparently cut holes around the security fences in the home that the Sussexes were borrowing from producer Tyler Perry.
Per the Insider, Meghan and Harry found out that Archie's photos were being sold to media outlets abroad. In their lawsuit, the couple argued that photos of their son are not considered "newsworthy" and of "public interest." The Sussexes claimed that it is harassment.
Meghan and Harry filed the lawsuit without knowing the identities of the paparazzi responsible for the privacy breach. Their lawyers, however, subpoenaed three agencies and a "John Doe" for which they were criticized for their "fishing expedition" or that it is dead on arrival in court.
Litigator Tom Lallas, who has nothing to do with the case, said that it's not common to file a claim about privacy breach without naming a specific defendant. However, Lallas, who was Stan Lee's lawyer, said that he understood that the Sussexes had no expectations to recover the photos or claims for damages. The claim is meant to send out a message to the paparazzi that they won't stand for the breach.
The Sussex pair's lawyer, however, said that their work in the last three months had been a "successful outcome" as every family has the right "to feel safe and secure" in their home. Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry still have pending lawsuits in the U.K. against The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express for different complaints.