According to Tristan Kirk, the High Court judge overseeing the privacy case of Meghan Markle agreed to the delay.
Mail’s publisher, Associated Newspapers, didn’t oppose the request.
According to The UK Express, Justice Warby considered the request that was made behind closed doors and granted the delay until autumn next year.
He also revealed that a private hearing took place to protect the “confidentiality of the information relied on” by the Duchess of Sussex in her application to postpone the trial.
He, reportedly, said, “The right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application to adjourn.”
The supposed trial was supposed to happen on Jan. 11, 2021.
The Duchess’ to seek to postpone the trial was announced yesterday.
Meghan is suing the Associated Newspapers for publishing a private letter she wrote for her father, Thomas Markle.
The judge also said a decision wouldn’t be taken on the 39-year-old’s application summary judgment. It is a legal procedure that would see the case resolved without a trial.
According to royal editor Chris Ship, Meghan Markle is still going to apply for a summary judgment “even the delayed trial is not required as she claims the Mail on Sunday has ‘no real prospect’ of defending its actions in law.”
The High Court’s decision comes after Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle, said he wanted to get the hearing done as quickly as possible because of his health.
The 76-year-old dad, reportedly, planned to travel to London for the showdown.
In a statement to the court, Thomas said that none of his relatives lived beyond the age of 80, saying, “I’m a realist, and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this case takes place, the better.”
Meghan’s lawyers also applied to appeal the judge’s decision that saw their biography, Finding Freedom, to be included by the Associated Newspaper’s defense in the trial.
However, Justice Warby refused the application.
According to reports, The Mail on Sunday was permitted to amend its defense that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cooperated with the authors of the biography, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
One of the former actress’ lawyers, Jane Phillips, told Warby that the new case “ought not to have been allowed as it was “speculative” and “bad in law.”
She also said that the new case “was not only a stab in the dark, but it was a stab in the dark in the wrong room.”
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