Meghan Markle should be advised to settle her court case against Mail On Sunday to avoid a "deeply unpleasant" situation that could "destroy her," a royal expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex lodged a privacy claim against Mail on Sunday earlier this year over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle after her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
She claims publishing the letter was a misuse of her private information and a breach of her copyright as the letter detailed the "unwarranted pain" she claims her dad caused her in the lead up to the star-studded nuptials at Windsor Castle.
Associated Papers, the owner of Mail on Sunday, has denied any wrongdoing and is defending the case.
Royal author, Ingrid Seward, told Daily Star Online she thinks Meghan should be advised to "settle" the case as a good barrister "could delve back into her past and (try to) drag anything up" in an effort to undermine her.
Ms Seward said such high profile court court cases should not go ahead as being questioned in court can be a "deeply deeply unpleasant" experience with "no real winners."
She told Daily Star Online: "It just cannot be allowed to happen and I think Meghan’s lawyers will tell her a good barrister could completely destroy her.
"They could delve back into her past and drag any innocent thing up, they could really do anything to her and nobody wants to get into that situation."
Referencing the way Johnny Depp’s libel suit against ex Amber Heard played out in public, Ms Seward said Meghan’s case cannot be allowed to follow the same high profile route.
Ms Seward said: "I think they will settle, because I think it cannot be a Johnny Depp and Amber Heard situation, which it would be multiplied by twenty," because of the public interest in the case.
She added: "I’m sure her lawyers will advise her when giving evidence it would be a deeply deeply unpleasant experience and there will be no winners."
Meghan has been dealt a series of blows in the court case, with the most recent High Court ruling allowing Finding Freedom to be used in the Mail on Sunday's defence.
Lawyers for the Mail had claimed Meghan breached her own privacy because she permitted details about her life to be provided to the authors, including "information about the letter."
Meghan’s lawyers denied a collaboration with authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, and said any references to the letter were extracts from articles in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.
Mail On Sunday and Meghan are due back in court are due back in court in January.