March 31, 2023 | 5:11 a.m.
Meghan Markle has won the defamation lawsuit brought by her half-sister, Samantha Markle.
Samantha Markle, 58, sued the Duchess of Sussex in federal court in Florida for allegedly making “patently false and malicious statements” about her to a global audience during her and Prince Harry’s March 2021 bombing. interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Samantha filed the $75,000 lawsuit after Meghan told Oprah she grew up an only child.
The comments subjected Samantha to “humiliation and hate,” she claimed.
But on Thursday, a Florida judge didn’t see it that way and dismissed the lawsuit, saying Meghan’s comments were opinions and “could not be shown to be untrue.”
“As a reasonable listener would understand, the defendant is simply expressing an opinion about her childhood and her relationship with her half-siblings,” said US District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell. wrote in his order.
“Therefore, the Tribunal finds that Respondent’s statement is neither objectively verifiable nor subject to empirical testing. The plaintiff cannot plausibly refute the defendant’s view of her own childhood.”
Samantha, who shares a parent with the exiled royal, claimed 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 ‘rags to royals’ narrative that (Meghan) he had fabricated the royal family and the world’s media about his life.”
Samantha’s lawyer, Peter Ticktin, told the court that Meghan was caught in a lie 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 is she looking down on her father? Why else is she denying to her family that she hasn’t done her more than good all her life? Ticktin said. “She never had any problems with them.”
He said the “false narrative” posted by Meghan did a disservice to his client.
Samantha also wanted Meghan to get back accusations he made 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 claims made by Samantha and her lawyer “frankly offensive to my client” and demanded that the case be dismissed.
“Not all perceived slights need to be litigated and that is true here,” he said last month. “The plaintiff disagrees with Meghan’s own impressions of her own childhood, but that is not a suitable subject for a court of law.”
He added that the duchess and former “Suits” star has the right to express opinions “and even criticize” under the First Amendment.
The estranged half-sisters had been at odds for years before Oprah’s famous 2021 interview.
Meghan has repeatedly accused Samantha and his father Thomas from selling stories to the British tabloids.
For her part, Samantha has continued to shoot the Duchess and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, as the pair continue to put out documentaries and memorabilia.
Last month, he accused the Duke of Sussex of being “emotionally underdeveloped”.
“I don’t think I can think like an adult because I don’t think emotionally I am,” he added.