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Meghan ‘wrote private letter to father with understanding it could be leaked’, court hears

Jason Knauf, the former head of communications of Meghan and Prince Harry, claimed in a written witness statement the Duchess of Sussex had “lost confidence” her estranged father would respect the privacy of her communication, the court heard. In his written evidence, Mr Knauf said: “When the Duchess was considering how to handle Mr Markle’s increasing public interventions – both for concerns about his welfare and also to protect her reputation – she explored options for written communication that might convince him to stop giving interviews, but that could also set the record straight if he gave them to the media.

“The Duchess said she was writing the letter in part to allow the Duke to demonstrate to his family that some action was being taken by the couple to stop Mr Markle from continuing to engage with the media.

“She added that ‘…while unlikely perhaps it will also give my father a moment to pause’.”

Mr Knauf added: “She asked me to review the text of the letter, saying ‘obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability’.”

In his written evidence, Mr Knauf also claimed the Duchess had asked whether she should call her father “daddy” in the letter and said it would “pull at the heartstrings” if leaked. 

He said: “She also asked a specific question regarding addressing Mr Markle as ‘daddy’ in the letter, saying ‘given I’ve only ever called him daddy it may make sense to open as such (despite him being less than paternal), and in the unfortunate event that it leaked it would pull at the heartstrings’.”

In her own witness statement, Meghan said she did not think the letter was “likely” to be leaked.

But, she said, she “merely recognised that this was a possibility given the extraordinary level of media attention and unusual lens we were all under.”

The Mail on Sunday is appealing to the Court of Appeal after it lost its case against Meghan earlier this year.

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Meghan and Harry wade into politics AGAIN with new letter to G20 leaders

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have written an open letter urging G20 leaders to ensure vaccine supplies for all nations. Within their letter, Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, claim that promises of vaccine donations from these countries are not reaching the globe’s most vulnerable.

The Sussexes joined forces with WHO director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to issue the correspondence on the eve of the G20 summit.

Within the piece, they refer to access to the COVID-19 vaccine as being a “fundamental human right”.

It comes ahead of the G20 summit this weekend which sees leaders from the world’s richest nations meeting in Rome.

It is anticipated that environmental issues will be prominent on the agenda for G20, but the recovery from the pandemic is also likely to feature in discussions between world leaders.

In their letter, the trio said: “When the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations met at the G7 Summit in June, they collectively announced that one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines would be sent to low- and low-and-middle-income countries to help vaccinate the world.

“Pharmaceutical companies have pledged almost the same.

“Yet, as several nations still don’t even have enough vaccines for their own health workers, the world is left asking, where are the doses?”

The couple also add that every discarded dose of the vaccine “should outrage us all”.

They said: “Each dose represents a real person — a mother, father, daughter, or son — who could have been protected.

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It comes after Meghan issued a letter to US Congress leaders to advocate for paid leave for all parents.

She drew on her status as a mother-of-two within the campaign piece and issued a call to ensure that millions of American families can access guaranteed paid leave.

The letter was written on Sussex-headed paper and was signed off with Meghan’s Duchess title.

However, it emerged on Thursday that US President Joe Biden has not included paid family leave in his $ 1.75trillion (£1.27trillion) spending plan.

The letter the couple have penned alongside Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, which is published on the WHO website, is not the first instance that sees them campaigning for vaccine equity.

Last month, Harry and Meghan appeared on stage in New York for the Global Citizen Live event where the couple called on pharmaceutical companies to waive their intellectual property rights on Covid vaccines as the pandemic was becoming a “human rights crisis”.

Prior to this, the Sussexes wrote an open letter in May, calling on the chief executives of pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca and urging them to redouble their support for the UN-sponsored Covax programme.

The Covax scheme intends to establish fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for both poor and rich nations.

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Euro 2020 final: Boris pens personal letter to Southgate’s team – ‘Bring it home’

The Prime Minister wrote to the manager, calling on him to “bring it home”. “We are not just hoping or praying,” he wrote.

“We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.”

The England team will play Italy at Wembley on Sunday at 8pm.

“On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!” Mr Johnson wrote.

In the letter the Prime Minister wrote that Gareth Southgate’s team had “already made history”.

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“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too.”

Gareth Southgate’s team has been flooded with messages of support ahead of the final on Sunday.

The Queen presented the 1966 World Cup to the England team, unbeknownst that it will be the last time the team would reach a final in a major tournament for 55 years.

“55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament,” the monarch wrote.

“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

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Harry Kane’s wife ‘in tears’ as she pens emotional letter after weeks apart ahead of final

Following weeks apart as Harry Kane, 27, and his England team compete in the Euro 2020, his wife Kate has expressed how proud she is of him in a heartfelt tribute. The mother-of-three told fans she used to laugh at him when he said he’d play for the national team one day, but praised him for chasing his dream and succeeding.

In view of her 182,000 Instagram followers, she wrote: “H, you know I am not one to cry too easily but I found myself in tears when I started writing down how proud you’re making us all and what you’re doing for the country.

“I use to laugh at you when we started going out and you’d be round at mine playing penalties with my brother Tom and Seamus the dog, and you’d say you would be England captain one day.

“But that’s you – you set yourself a goal and you achieve it and you always said you were going to the Euros to get to the final.”

She went on to praise the Tottenham player for being “an amazing husband and dad”, adding they couldn’t wait to have him home.

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Kate added: “Imagine telling them all about this summer one day when they’re a bit older. We all love you so much, Skipper.

“Bring it home for the country, you deserve to lift that trophy with this incredible England team!”

The footballer’s wife hasn’t been able to see Harry during the tournament due to coronavirus restrictions, but his hasn’t stopped her supporting her spouse from afar.

Earlier this week, she shared a selfie of her beaming for the camera at a social distance from Harry at Wembley Stadium.

Many of Kate’s fans flocked to her post to comment.

Harry commented with two love heart emojis, while Harry Maguire’s wife-to-be Fern Hawkins also liked the post.

A second added: “Come on England!”

“He played class,” a third added.

The footballer’s wife has also been giving fans an insight into her home celebrations in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, she shared a picture of her children wearing England T-shirts as the family watched the game from a teepee.

The details included England flags, lights, a cardboard cutout of her spouse and a fancy cocktail menu.

England vs Italy kicks off tomorrow at 8pm on ITV.