Meghan Markle has won the defamation lawsuit brought by her half-sister, Samantha Markle. Samantha, 58, is suing the Duchess of Sussex in federal court in Florida for alleged “patently false and harmful statements” on it to a worldwide audience during her and Prince Harry’s bombshell March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Samantha has filed a $75,000 lawsuit after Meghan told Oprah she was an only child. The comments subjected Samantha to “humiliation and hatred,” she said.
But on Thursday, a Florida judge didn’t see it that way and dismissed the lawsuit, saying Meghan’s comments were opinions and “couldn’t be proven to be untrue.”
“As a reasonable listener would understand, the defendant is simply expressing an opinion about his childhood and his relationship with his half-siblings.”U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell wrote in her order.
“Therefore, the Court considers that the defendant’s statement is neither objectively verifiable nor subject to empirical verification. The plaintiff cannot plausibly refute the defendant’s view of his own childhood.”
Samantha, who shares a father with the exiled royal, said Meghan “orchestrated the campaign to smear and destroy the reputation and credibility of her sister and father in order to preserve and promote the false narrative of ‘rags to royalty ‘ that (Meghan) had made about her life to the royal family and the media around the world.
Samantha’s lawyer Peter Ticktin told the court Meghan was caught lying about her upbringing and decided to criticize her half-sister and estranged father to cover it up, according to the Daily Mail.
“Why else is he looking down on his sister? Why else would she look down on her father? Why else does he deny to his family that he has done them nothing but good all his life? ticktin said. “He’s never had a problem with them.”
He said the “false narrative” posted by Meghan did her client a disservice.
Samantha also wanted Meghan to drop the allegations she had leveled against the royal family by stating that ‘Queen Elizabeth was not a racist’ and ‘King Charles is not a racist’.
However, Meghan’s lawyer Michael Kump said Samantha had no reason to sue for defamation. He called the statements made by Samantha and her attorney “frankly offensive to my client” and asked for the case to be dropped.
“Not all perceived insults need to be disputed and that’s true here,” he said last month. “The plaintiff disagrees with Meghan’s impressions of her own childhood, but this is not a suitable argument for a court of law.”
She added that the duchess and former ‘Suits’ star has the right to express opinions “and even criticize” under the First Amendment. The estranged stepsisters had been at odds for years before Oprah’s famous 2021 interview.
Meghan has repeatedly accused Samantha and her father, Thomas Markle, of selling stories to British tabloids.
For her part, Samantha has continued to shoot the Duchess and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, while the pair continue to release documentaries and memorabilia. Last month you accused the Duke of Sussex of being “emotionally underdeveloped”.
“I don’t think I can think like an adult because I don’t think I am emotionally,” she added.
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