Of all the things that 2020 denied us, right down there near the bottom of the list along with a Bond premiere and Princess Beatrice getting a big slap-up wedding, was the chance to see what Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, would have worn to court.
In the past nine months, her lawsuit against the Daily Mail for allegedly breaching her privacy has been wending its way through the British legal system, with a number of hearings taking place in London via video conferencing.
Just imagine, for a brief, delicious moment the looks the 39-year-old could have rolled out, one impeccably cut suit after another, as she sashayed into court had the pandemic never happened, her every outfit a sublime masterclass in tailoring and sartorial savoir faire. It’s enough to make even the stoniest of Vogue editors’ hearts break at such a loss.
Instead, we have been left with nothing to distract us from the grim reality that has played out via video feed as the Duchess and her high-powered legal team have faced off against the Mail’s parent company, Associated Newspapers, in court.
They allege the Mail breached Meghan’s privacy and copyright when they published parts of a letter she had sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle and which he had supplied to the newspaper.
This week, the two sides are back in court (remotely of course) after Meghan’s team applied for a summary judgment in the case, a move which if granted (we should know later this week) would circumvent the need for a trial later this year. The revelations that have come out are emotional stuff.