Published On: Wed, Jul 3rd, 2024
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Meghan Markle to be dragged back to court with half-sister | Royal | News

Meghan Markle could be forced to once again face her half-sister Samantha in court, as the 59-year-old’s lawyers are preparing an attempt to overturn the verdict which saw Meghan emerge victorious.

In Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey the Duchess claimed she was principally raised as an only child, adding that Samantha only changed her surname back to Markle “when I started dating Harry”.

Lawyers for Samantha Markle argued in a civil lawsuit that these comments were “disparaging, hurtful, and false” and implied that Meghan’s sister was “a stranger, a liar, and… [a] deceptive fame-seeking imposter with avaricious intentions”.

Although the Duchess of Sussex won in court, Samantha Markle has now taken the lawsuit to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, where her lawyers have been given a July deadline for filing their initial brief.

A court filing shown to Newsweek has shown where the latest battle lines will be drawn, as it reads: “Cumulative inferences and remarks made by [Meghan] have caused a cumulative meaning, which the court did not consider.”

This essentially means that Samantha Markle’s lawyers will attempt to argue that the judge in the original case analysed Meghan’s remarks in isolation without considering the cumulative effect they could have.

In Meghan and Harry’s Netflix documentary series, the Duchess made a comment which has been cited in the case: “I was with my mom during the week and with my dad on the weekends.

“And my dad lived alone, he had two adult children who had moved out of his house.

“I don’t remember seeing her [Samantha] when I was a kid at my dad’s house, if and when they would come around.”

They stated: “To the contrary, this is a garden-variety defamation action involving the application of well-established Eleventh Circuit precedent, which the District Court followed.”

The issue has been ongoing since March 2022, with Meghan’s lawyer Michael Kump saying in a statement at the time: “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behaviour. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”

Both Meghan and Harry are estranged from most of their extended family, with her mum Doria Ragland being the only family member on the Markle side they have regular contact with.

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