Samantha Markle alleges in court filings that the Duchess of Sussex defamed her by telling untruths about her and her family during the interview last March
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Meghan Markle is being sued by her half-sister for allegedly lying about her upbringing in her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Samantha Markle alleges in court filings that the Duchess of Sussex defamed her by telling untruths about her and her family during the interview last March.
A lawyer acting on Meghan’s behalf has branded the lawsuit “baseless and absurd” and added that they would give it “the minimum amount of attention it deserves.”
Her attorney, Michael Kump, said: “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just the continuation of a pattern of disturbing behavior.
According to Samantha, who shares the same father as the former actress, Meghan’s rags to king story is “fake”.
She claims she “made up” details of her background to the royal family, the media and during television interviews.
Samantha accuses her half-sister of starting a “premeditated campaign” to tarnish her and her father’s reputation.
The 57-year-old claims her sister tried to ruin her credibility so “they couldn’t interfere or contradict the false narrative and fairytale life story that the defendant fabricated.”
Her lawsuit also alleges Meghan lied when she claimed to Winfrey that she “essentially rose out of virtual poverty” and had to take low-paying jobs from the age of 13 to “make ends meet.”
The lawsuit also mentions Meghan’s claims that she has no siblings, little contact with her half-brother and half-sister and that her family can only afford the £3.75 salad, saying they are all bogus.
She denied Meghan’s claim that she only met her “a few times” and that she “never had a relationship with” her or her father.
During her interview with Winfrey and husband Prince Harry, the Duchess said she hadn’t seen her half-sister for “at least 18, 19 years.”
Regarding their relationship, the lawsuit, filed in Tampa, Fla., states: “This is wrong. Samantha regularly spent time with the Defendant throughout her childhood and even lived with the Defendant in the same apartment building for a time.
“Samantha picked Meghan up from school; regularly took Meghan to ice cream and the mall and spent many family vacations with the accused.
“Meghan’s father was Meghan’s main caregiver and Meghan and Samantha saw each other regularly.”
It continued, “This is an attempt by Meghan to create the false impression that Meghan was essentially an only child with no contact to other family members or, as Meghan put it on Oprah, that she had ‘no siblings.’
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“Meghan apparently wanted to convince the public that her family members knew nothing about her life and therefore were not entitled to contradict the false narrative Meghan had fabricated about her life.”
Samantha is demanding $75,000 (£56,500) from her half-sister and has requested a jury trial in the case.
The lawsuit is the latest legal case involving the Sussexes.
They had previously filed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday over a letter Meghan wrote to her father, Thomas Markle.
Harry, 37, has an ongoing case against the Home Office over police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.
It emerged last week that he was suing the Mail on Sunday over another article.
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