Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘haven’t asked for privacy’ but will ‘assert their rights’

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A lawyer representing Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, has reiterated the Sussexes position on privacy. Jenny Afia, who is a partner at the London-based firm Schillings, appeared in the second hour-long episode of the BBC documentary ‘The Princes and the Press’.

During her appearance, Ms Afia was asked by the national broadcaster’s media editor Amol Rajan, 38, what the Sussexes really want when it comes to privacy.

Ms Afia – who has reportedly represented Adele, 33, Madonna, 63, and Sir Elton John, 74 – responded by saying: “It’s not them that say they want privacy.

“It’s something that the tabloids have said about them that has latched on.

“They have taken steps when there have been blatant violations, unlawful violations of privacy.

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“Of course, then they challenged it because that’s in line with their values but that doesn’t mean just because you assert your human rights that you then become some kind of Trappist monk and take a vow of silence and you’re not allowed to discuss anything.

“That’s not how privacy works.

She added: “Privacy is about the right to own and control what personal information you choose to share with somebody.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had signed separate deals with both Netflix and Spotify following their decision to leave the Firm.

Ms Afia’s appearance was shown after a clip was included from ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme featuring ex-host Piers Morgan, 56, criticising the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s position on privacy.

Mr Morgan, who is set to head-up Rupert Murdoch’s talkTV in 2022, claimed: “Remember they quit the country for privacy [but] God we’ve hardly heard them shut up ever since.”

The BBC approached Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace for comment.

They provided the following joint statement: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

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“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

Both episodes of ‘The Princes and the Press’ are available on BBC iPlayer.

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