The Duchess of Sussex has won a court case against a tabloid that had published a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

In this case, the judge issued a summary judgment, which will avoid a full trial.

In 2018, Markle sued Associated Newspapers Limited after its tabloid, the Mail on Sunday, printed an excerpt from a handwritten letter that she had sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

According to the judge, “The disclosures were manifestly excessive and thus unlawful,” and that there was no realistic prospect of a different judgment after trial.

He wrote in the judgment, “The claimant had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the Letter would remain private. The Mail Articles interfered with that reasonable expectation.”

Previously, Mail & Associated Newspapers stated that they stood behind the decision they made to publish excerpts from the letter and that they would fight to defend the case vigorously.

Despite Meghan’s harsh criticism for the tabloid, she praised the court ruling. She said, “After two long years of pursuing litigation, I am grateful to the courts for holding Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday to account for their illegal and dehumanizing practices.”

She added,”These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence.For these outlets, it’s a game. For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”

Meghan praised her judicial crew, relatives and supporters, adding: “We all lose when misinformation sells more than truth, when moral exploitation sells more than decency, and when companies create their business model to profit from people’s pain. But for today, with this comprehensive win on both privacy and copyright, we have all won.”

One more trial to decide and outline next steps will take place on March 2, but the summary judgment means that the privacy aspects of the case have been decided and won’t be tried.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, Meghan is seeking damages for misuse of private information, copyright infringement, and breach of the Data Security Act 2018.

Meghan and Prince Harry have both long been moderately critical of British tabloid media. It was announced earlier this month that Prince Harry settled another legal dispute with the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, accepting what his lawyers called “significant damages” as a result of an article saying he had abandoned the Royal Marines.