Marie Osmond slams Meghan Markle's father

Meghan Markle Thomas Markle

The Duchess of Sussex's father could testify against her in her legal battle with the Mail On Sunday after High Court documents revealed he forms part of the paper's defence, and singer Marie Osmand responded to the news when she appeared on the US talk show The Talk.

"I think this is a really good example of why she may have alienated him," said Osmond. "That's ridiculous! It's just very telling to me who he is," she added.

The paper and its parent company Associated Newspapers are accused of unlawfully publishing a letter from Meghan to Thomas Markle, but will argue it was justified because there is a "huge and legitimate" public interest in the "personal relationships" of members of the royal family.

Legal documents seen by the PA news agency reveal the Mail On Sunday will rely on evidence from Mr Markle, including that he "had a weighty right to tell his version of what had happened between himself and his daughter including the contents of the letter".

It means should the case go to trial, both Meghan and her father could be called to testify against one another, and the paper's sister publication the Daily Mail reported Mr Markle would be prepared to face her in court.

The document also argues members of the royal family "generate and rely on publicity about themselves and their lives in order to maintain the privileged positions they hold and to promote themselves".

Law firm Schillings, representing the duchess, filed the High Court claim against the paper in October, alleging misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

But in its legal defence, the paper claims the duchess "did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so".

The paper also argues the publication of the letter was in response to a "one-sided" article in People Magazine in February 2019 featuring an interview with five unnamed "close friends" of the duchess which referenced the letter, meaning its existence was in the public domain.

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BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets 18 Month old Sorayah Ahmad at the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge inspect cakes as they visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge inspect cakes as they visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets 18 Month old Sorayah Ahmad at the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet 18 Month old Sorayah Ahmad at the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet 18 Month old Sorayah Ahmad at the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Khidmat Centre on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The Duchess of Cambridge leaving after a visit to a Khidmat Centre in Bradford to hear about the activities and workshops offered at the centre and the organisations that they support. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gesture as they leave after a visit to the Khidmat Centre, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about the activities and workshops offered by the centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the MyLahore’s flagship restaurant during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge accompanied by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets children at Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets children at Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to young people and employers at Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet representatives while on a visit to Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets members of the public outside City Hall during their visit of Bradford on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bradford Town Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge react during their visit to Bradford City Hall in Bradford on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Charlotte Graham / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHARLOTTE GRAHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet representatives from the UK Womens Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Councils Curry Circle in Bradford on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge help make glasses of Kulfi lassi during a visit to the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrrives for a visit to the Khidmat Centre, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about the activities and workshops offered by the centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets well-wishers on arrival for a visit to the Khidmat Centre, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about the activities and workshops offered by the centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greet well-wishers on their arrival for a visit to the Khidmat Centre, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about the activities and workshops offered by the centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps make glasses of Kulfi lassi during a visit to the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets representatives from the UK Women’s Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Council’s Curry Circle on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge take a tour around the kitchen of MyLahore’s flagship restaurant on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, bag detail, arrives at City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess will meet with representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: The Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradford's Centenary Square, to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in Bradford, on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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