The first court hearing in the Duchess of Sussex’s legal action against The Mail On Sunday will take place remotely later.

Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act after The Mail On Sunday published sections of a letter she had written to her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hearing will take place over video.

All legal representatives and journalists reporting on the case will dial in remotely, while the judge, Mr Justice Warby, will be at the High Court.

The strike-out hearing is an opportunity for the defendant to apply to the judge to have certain elements of the duchess’s case removed from the court order.

The hearing is scheduled to last a day and it is likely the judge will deliver a written judgment on a later date ahead of a trial.

On Monday, ahead of the hearing, text messages between Harry and Meghan and her father were released in court documents put forward by Meghan’s legal team.

The defence issued its central argument in January, stating: The contents of the letter were not private or confidential, self-evidently or at all.

No trial date has yet been set.

(c) Sky News 2020: Meghan takes battle against Mail On Sunday to remote High Court hearing