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Belfast libel lawyer secures apology for duchess over false media claims

After almost 40 years with Johnsons Solicitors Paul Tweed is setting up his own firm

A Belfast-based libel lawyer has secured an apology for the Duchess of York over false media claims that she would supply personal details on Princess Diana in return for cash.

As Paul Tweed confirmed the settlement reached in a case brought by Sarah Ferguson, he also pledged to continue inquiries aimed at identifying the source of other fake information about her.

Sarah, the Duchess of York, issued proceedings against the publishers of the National Enquirer in US.

Litigation centred on false allegations she was willing to give an interview about her friendship with the late Princess of Wales for financial reward.

A retraction has now been published, unreservedly accepting that the article in May this year headlined ‘Fergie demands $$ to dish on Diana’ was without any foundation.

It included an apology to the Duchess.

Following the resolution Mr Tweed issued a statement on his client’s behalf.

He said the Duchess acknowledged and appreciated the “comprehensive and categoric” retraction and apology

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