Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released stern warnings to photographers in Canada after photos of Meghan Markle were recently leaked. The couple’s lawyers claim that the photographer in question was hiding in the bushes while Markle was walking her dogs with her son Archie along a trail in Victoria, BC. According to Markle, the photos were taken without her permission. Paparazzi were also reportedly camping outside their home trying to get a photo of the couple, using long-range lenses.
Privacy laws in BC are different from those in the UK, which begs the question – what action can Harry and Meghan take if they feel their privacy is violated?
Vancouver lawyer, Daniel Reid said BC is unique from the other Canadian provinces because, since 1996, the Privacy Act allows people to sue another party for a violation of privacy. According to Reid, determining whether something is a breach of privacy is entirely based on the circumstances of the situation.
“Factors the courts will look at if determining if this is a violation of privacy or not depends on the circumstances, the lawful interest of other people, the nature of the incidents, occasion of the act of contact and relationship between the parties. “-Daniel Reid, Vancouver Privacy & Media Lawyer