Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry
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After the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday “threatened” to reveal the names of Duchess Meghan’five friends who gave anonymous interviews in her defense, she has attempted to block the British tabloid’s “vicious” attempt to create “clickbait” out of their ongoing court case, according to a new legal statement obtained by BAZAAR.com.

In her response, the Duchess of Sussex has accused the publisher of trying to expose her friends “in the public domain for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain,” warning that the action is “vicious and poses a threat to their emotional and mental wellbeing.”

The friends, who independently chose to speak with People magazine in early 2019 to defend the duchess from British tabloid attacks, are each “a private citizen and young mother,” wrote Meghan, adding that the Mail is “playing a media game with real lives.”