Meghan Markle wins legal victory in Sister Samantha defamation case
Meghan Markleestranged half-sister Samantha Markle lost his libel case against the Duchess of Sussex.
On March 30, a Florida judge granted Meghan’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit’s claims without prejudice, according to court documents obtained by E! News.
Samantha, 58, alleged in her 2022 filing that several defamatory comments about her were posted in Caroline Durand And Omid Scobiethe book 2020 Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Creation of a Modern Royal Family. The unauthorized biography of Meghan and her husband Prince Harry contains a chapter titled “A Problem Like Samantha”.
Samantha also accused the Duchess of making more defamatory statements about her in the couple’s 2021 CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey. She noted in her lawsuit how Meghan, 41, told the TV personality: “I grew up as an only child, which everyone who grew up around me knows, and I would have loved having siblings.”
In her file, Samantha, who shares her father Thomas Markle with Meghan – said the alleged “defamatory statements” had caused her irreparable harm, injury and damage to her reputation, as well as anxiety and emotional distress. She also said she received hate mail, continued negative press and was harassed by one of Meghan’s fans.