Meghan Markle is no fan of the tabloid industry — something she made clear when she appeared at The New York Times DealBook Online Summit on November 9.
In 2019, the Duchess of Sussex sued Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday for copyright infringement and misuse of private information when they published a letter she had wrote to her father, Thomas Markle.
This February, the court ruled in her favor, and she discussed the case again at the summit, which happened to fall on the same day that lawyers for the Mail on Sunday tried to appeal the decision.
At the NYC event, the Suits alum was talking to host Andrew Ross Sorkin, who made the comment, "I've read great things about you as a boss, and if you read the tabloids, you can read all sorts of crazy things about being a boss."
His words prompted Meghan to make a serious response.
"Well, firstly I would urge you not to read tabloids, because I don't think that's healthy for anyone," she shared. "Hopefully, one day they come with a warning label like cigarettes do. Like, 'This is toxic for your mental health.'"
The star noted that she isn't against media as a whole, but the internet has caused things to get out of hand.
"I think there is really legitimate media but at the moment, you see in many ways social media feeding into that so it becomes a race to the bottom," she explained. "This clickbait culture has made it so that something that's salacious is more interesting and gets more pickup and can be monetized, so that ends up being the thing that feeds the entire environment of the media."
The pair then discussed her copyright case, and she admitted it was "an arduous process."
"But again, it's just me standing up for what's right," the California resident said. "At a certain point, no matter how difficult it is, you know the difference between right and wrong. You must stand up for what's right, and that's what I'm doing."