The British government will "carefully study" the ruling in the appeal in the privacy case surrounding Meghan Markle.

That said a spokesman for Downing Street, the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Friday in a reaction to British media on the verdict.

"The prime minister has said many times before: a free press is one of the cornerstones of any democracy," said the spokesman.

"The government recognizes the critical role that newspapers and the media play in holding people accountable and highlighting issues of concern to the community."

Downing Street declined to comment further on the legal process, but said it would "carefully" study the ramifications of the verdict.

On Thursday, the British Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Duchess of Sussex in an appeal filed by Associated Newspapers against an earlier ruling.

It was then determined that the publishing house's papers had invaded the former actress's privacy by publishing a personal letter to Meghan's father.

In their defense, the publisher said that Meghan herself did not take her privacy too seriously, because she had friends and acquaintances talk about her life with the author of a book.

The judge now ruled that the two cases were unrelated.

Associated Newspapers must now apologize to Prince Harry's wife.

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