Meghan Markle wins half-sister’s defamation lawsuit as choose dismisses case – National


A choose in Florida completely dismissed a US$75,000 (about C$101,250) defamation lawsuit on Tuesday filed in opposition to Meghan Markle by her half-sister, Samantha Markle.

The case, through which Samantha argued The Duchess of Sussex defamed her in a number of public interviews, was dismissed with prejudice by U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell.

According to the authorized paperwork, the case was thrown out after Samantha, 59, failed to supply any defamatory statements for a 3rd time. Her earlier makes an attempt to sue Meghan, 43, for defamation have been dismissed in 2022 and 2023.

Samantha, who shares Thomas Markle as a father together with Meghan, filed her civil swimsuit in opposition to Meghan over claims that the previous actor minimized their relationship and uncovered Samantha to “humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale.”

FILE – Samantha Markle, Meghan Markle’s half-sister, is interviewed on UK present ‘The Wright Stuff.’.

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She alleged Meghan made defamatory statements about her throughout Prince Harry and Meghan’s 2020 televised Oprah Winfrey interview and of their 2020 biography Finding Freedom.

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In her lawsuits, Samatha has tried to poke holes in what she described as her half-sibling’s “false rags-to-royalty narrative.”

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At the time, Meghan instructed Winfrey she grew up as “an only child.” Samantha took concern with the assertion and instructed the court docket it made she and her half-sister falsely appear as if “virtual strangers.” Meghan additionally instructed Winfrey her half-sister modified her surname again to Markle solely after Meghan had begun courting the Duke of Sussex.

When Honeywell dismissed Samantha’s lawsuit in 2022, the choose stated Meghan’s feedback weren’t defamatory.

“As a reasonable listener would understand it, Defendant merely expresses an opinion about her childhood and her relationship with her half-siblings,” Honeywell wrote in her order.

On Tuesday, Judge Honeywell dominated Meghan couldn’t be discovered accountable for the Finding Freedom e book, as she didn’t publish it.

Samantha stated each she and their father, Thomas, have suffered on account of Meghan’s public feedback. She known as Meghan’s phrases “demonstrably false and malicious lies.”

Meghan’s lawyer, Michael J. Kump, stated in a press release, “We are pleased with the Court’s ruling dismissing the case.”

Samantha has but to supply public touch upon the dismissal, although her lawyer instructed Newsweek they plan to attraction.

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For her half, Meghan has publicly acknowledged that she has not seen Samantha “for over a decade” and has little to no relationship together with her or their father.

In the Sussexes’ Netflix collection, Harry & Meghan, the Duchess stated she doesn’t know Samantha’s center identify, or her birthday.

“You’re telling these people you raised me, and you coined me ‘Princess Pushy?’ I hadn’t had a fallout with her,” Meghan stated. “We didn’t have a closeness to be able to have that. And I wanted a sister!”

— With information from Global News’ Michelle Butterfield

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