As reported NewsweekMeghan Markle has taken legal action to prevent her half-sister Samantha Markle from calling her husband, Prince Harry, to testify in her libel lawsuit against the Duchess of Sussex.
The lawsuit, filed in March 2022, is due to the broadcast of her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 and the publication of the biography FindingFreedom, by journalists Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie. Samantha is Meghan’s half-sister, 16 years older than her and with whom the Duchess has lost contact in recent years.
Among the grounds for the lawsuit is the fact that Samantha Markle claims that many of her little sister’s childhood memories that surfaced during the famous interview were fabricated, particularly the fact that she said she “grew up an only child.” .
In addition, Meghan’s half-sister is seeking $75,000 in damages from the Duchess, claiming Archie and Lilibet’s mother’s portrayal of their relationship has caused her to suffer “humiliation, shame and hatred on a global scale.”
In response, according to the American magazine, the duchess’s legal team opposed the complaint, suggesting that Meghan’s statement about her childhood cannot be false since it is a “classic example of a subjective statement about how a person feels in relation to his childhood.
In addition, Meghan’s lawyers are trying to “block the moves” of Samantha to have her father Thomas Markle, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey testify under oath at the trial.
To do this, Meghan’s legal team asked the judge to stop the process of collecting and delivering evidence until a decision is made on whether to continue with the lawsuit, which they consider unnecessary.
A statement from Mr. Markle at this stage, along with other findings, would be an unnecessary spectacle and a waste of time, money and resources for the parties. [Samantha Markle] should not be able to force Meghan and potentially many other parties to devote substantial resources to unnecessary discovery when a valid motion that could resolve the entire matter is underway.
Finally, the Duchess of Sussex’s team added that Meghan Markle could not be prosecuted for what was suggested in Finding Freedom because she didn’t write the book.
Meghan did not make these statements, she cannot be held responsible for it. It’s as simple as that.
Samantha, who has not seen Meghan since 2008 and in 2018 was not invited to the royal wedding with Prince Harry, has repeatedly defined her half-sister in interviews in recent years as an “ungrateful and ruthless social climber.” .
Meanwhile, during her famous interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan made it clear that her half-sister’s statements are indifferent to her, clarifying that there was never a close relationship between them.
I think it’s very difficult for her to talk about me considering she doesn’t know me at all.