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Meghan Markle this week denied lying to Oprah Winfrey about being an “only child” during her reveal interview last year.
The Duchess of Sussex’s legal team said in a court filing relating to her half-sister Samantha Markle’s libel trial on Monday that Meghan made a “subjective” statement about how she felt about her childhood.
“Meghan’s response to this question that she ‘grew up as an only child’ was obviously not meant to be a statement of objective fact that she had no genetic siblings or half-siblings. and sisters,” his legal team said in the filing. “It was more of a classic example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about their childhood.”
The filing claimed that Samantha Markle “did not know the context” of Winfrey’s question, which concerned Meghan’s “relationship” with her half-sister, who is 17 years older than her and grew up in a different home.
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He said his sister’s claim that she can refute that Meghan grew up as an only child is “inherently unfalsifiable. It’s hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one perceives one’s own childhood”.
Samantha Markle sued Meghan in March for $75,000, claiming her statement that she ‘grew up as an only child’ was defamatory because Meghan made her half-sister look like an ‘opportunist of the worst kind’ who wanted to take advantage of having a famous sister.
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She also alleges that a biography titled “Finding Freedom” which was not written by Meghan or Prince Harry caused her “humiliation, shame and hatred on a global scale”, according to Cosmopolitan.
Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the authors of the biography, said the Sussexes were not involved in the book.
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Her communications secretary may have spoken to the authors confidentially, but Meghan’s lawyers said in a filing that was irrelevant because “Meghan did not make the statements, she cannot be held responsible for them. . It’s as simple as that.”
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Meghan’s lawyer told TMZ when the lawsuit was first filed: ‘This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just the continuation of a disturbing pattern of behavior. , that’s all he deserves.”