Why Meghan Markle's Sultry Videos From Her Time as an Actress May Be Played in Court
It's all part of an appeal to a 2012 invasion of privacy verdict won by the royal family.
As debate rages over whether Kate Middleton deserved a six-figure payout for unauthorized topless photos, some argue that steamy footage of Meghan Markle from her days as an actress could be used as evidence in an appeal of the settlement.
One of the clips shows the former "Suits" star in a 2006 episode of "CSI: New York," which featured her as a sexy maid. At the time, Markle was only 25 years old and in the early stages of her acting career.
Today, 12 years after that particular raunchy scene, Markle is married to Prince Harry, making her the Duchess of Sussex and a member of the royal family.
Markle is also now the sister-in-law of Kate Middleton, who became victim of a long-lens camera in 2012 when she was seen in topless photos published in French magazine Closer.
After suing the magazine and its photographers for invasion of privacy, Middleton was awarded a payout of £92,000 ($122,000).
But lawyers for Closer are using Markle’s long-forgotten scenes to appeal the settlement, arguing that the royal family has no problem with provocative photos as long as they are authorized.
A video shot for Men’s Health Magazine in 2013 that shows Markle barbecuing while removing articles of clothing and a racy scene from the 2013 film “Random Encounters" are also expected to be presented as evidence to the courts.
Los Angeles-based attorney Royal Oakes told Inside Edition that he is less than convinced.
“It’s kind of ridiculous to say that because an actress posing for some revealing photos then marries into the Royal family, somehow that makes it OK to take topless photos of Kate with a telephoto lens?" he said. "I don’t think that’s going to fly."
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