Harry and Meghan could be questioned in Samantha Markle defamation case

Harry and Meghan could be questioned in Samantha Markle defamation case


Samantha Markle is suing Meghan for “defamation and injurious falsehoods”, including claims, in an Oprah Winfrey TV interview, of being an “only child”.


Harry and Meghan could be questioned in Samantha Markle defamation case

She is seeking $75,000 (£62,000) damages in a case lodged in March 2022.




On Tuesday, a judge rejected a bid to stop Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, from having to give evidence in a legal deposition.



A deposition is a formal testimony from a witness or someone involved in a case, given outside of court but under oath.



And the ruling, by judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell, in a district court in Florida, means if the case goes further ahead, Meghan and Prince Harry could have to face such questioning.



But the judge added that a “preliminary peek” suggested some of the claims “may be ripe for dismissal”.

Court papers in the civil case show that Samantha alleges Meghan:

exposed her to “humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale”

misrepresented their relationship when they were growing up, giving the impression they were “virtual strangers” and she had “no relationship whatsoever with her sister Meghan”
“falsely and maliciously stated” she was “an only child”, when interviewed with Prince Harry by Oprah Winfrey, in 2021
pursued a “false rags-to-royalty narrative”, claiming childhood hardship, which destroyed her half-sister and father’s “reputation and credibility”

Court documents show that Samantha claimed she had a much closer relationship with her half-sister, with “frequent and regular contact” throughout her childhood. And she recalls how their father paid for Meghan’s “expensive” private education and helped launch her acting career.



The claims are accompanied by 38 “requests for admission”, which seek to put statements and questions to Meghan.

This includes the statement: “Your sister Samantha Markle has driven you to school on a regular basis at a certain period of your life.”

According to court documents, the response from Meghan’s legal team is that this is a “vague and ambiguous” request and “not relevant to any party’s claim or defence”.

In response to “You are not an only child,” the reply from Meghan’s lawyers is that “a statement that she grew up or did not grow up as an ‘only child’ cannot be defamatory as a matter of law”.

They argue that a comment about an only child “does not distinguish between biological relations, on the one hand, and the manner in which a child was raised, on the other”.

Other statements in Samantha’s claim, inviting a response, include “Queen Elizabeth was not a racist,” and “King Charles is not a racist,” which drew the reply from Meghan’s lawyers that this was “not relevant to any party’s claim or defence”.


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