Samantha Markle, Meghan Markle’s half-sister, is suing for defamation over the explosive interview she and Prince Harry gave Oprah Winfrey nearly a year ago.
Samantha Markle, 57, alleges in court documents that her half-sister Meghan Markle, 40, made “false and malicious statements” during the tell-all Oprah interview with Prince Harry as well.
Samantha accuses the mother of two of lying about being “an only child” and claims Meghan lied about when they last saw each other.
The filing reads in part, “The defamatory implication is that Plaintiff had no relationship whatsoever with her sister Meghan, they were virtual strangers and that Plaintiff has created a lucrative career selling false stories to tabloids and television programs when she knows nothing about Defendant’s childhood.”
Samantha didn’t stop there, she goes on to accuse Meghan of slandering their father, Thomas Markle, in order to sell the world a false “rags-to-royalty” story about her life.
“Meghan falsely claimed that: (a) she essentially raised herself from virtual poverty; (b) she was forced from the age of 13 to work in a series of low-paying jobs to ‘make ends meet,’” reads the complaint, further accusing Meghan of misleading the public regarding Thomas’ absence from her 2018 wedding.
“Mr Markle suffered two heart attacks in the weeks before Defendant’s wedding in May 2018 due to stress associated with the Royal wedding, the constant hounding and harassment by paparazzi and other media, and upsetting text messages he received from Defendant and Prince Harry.
And Mr Markle’s cardiologist told him he was too sick to travel to England for the wedding; Mr Markle did not refuse to attend the wedding, but was instructed by his doctor not to attend the wedding.”
She also claims that her half-sister “published and disseminated false and malicious statements about the Plaintiff in the New York Times best-selling book, ‘Finding Freedom,'” which she describes as “nothing more than a book of lies (hereinafter referred to as Defendant’s ‘fairy tale life’ story).”
Samantha is asking for $75,000 in damages and for the cost of court and attorney’s fees.
Meghan’s attorney, Michael Kump, said in a statement, “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behaviour. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”