Lawyers for Samantha Markle have said they have a “viable” defamation lawsuit against her half-sister Meghan because they have “actual evidence of the falsity” of her statements.
Samantha is suing the Duchess of Sussex for allegedly peddling a rags-to-riches story in her Oprah interview and also for comments in the book Finding Freedom as part of a campaign to “destroy” her reputation.
While Meghan’s legal team argues that the claims she made to Oprah were because of “how she felt” and that she did not write Finding Freedom and therefore cannot be held liable, Samantha’s attorney says that because of this , what was said, labeled as a liar, which in her opinion was based on untruths.
Ticktin Law Group’s Jamie Sasson told Newsweek: “This is a valid claim because we have actual evidence that these statements are false and that Meghan Markle made these statements.
“In Oprah, they were done directly, and in Finding Freedom, she was directed by Mrs. Markle to put those things in the book [Meghan] through the email. If we didn’t have the email, that would be a different story.”
“The part that gets overlooked in this whole thing is that they act like there’s no harm in the statements they’ve made,” he concluded.
Lawyers for Samantha Markle have said they have a “viable” defamation lawsuit against her half-sister Meghan because they have “actual evidence of the falsity” of her statements. Pictured: Harry and Meghan speak to Oprah Winfrey, where Meghan said she grew up as an “only child”.
Samantha Markle is pictured with her half-sister Meghan Markle at her graduation in 2008
“We have clearly set out in our complaint the harm done to Samantha Markle by being called a liar. She is now facing online comments from “Meghan’s lying sister” and she has never lied about anything.”
In a court document, Samantha, the daughter of Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, alleges the Duchess of Sussex launched a “premeditious campaign to tarnish her and her father’s reputation”.
She 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.”
She also claims Meghan lied when she claimed she “essentially rose out of virtual poverty” and had to take low-paying jobs from the age of 13 to “make ends meet”.
Meanwhile, Samantha, 57, launched an amazing broadside against her sister’s boyfriend and biographer, Omid Scobie, when she blasted Finding Freedom as “a book of lies.”
Samantha picks up Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s book Finding Freedom, which she describes as her sister’s “fairytale life story.”
Her lawyers said that Meghan’s statement that she “grew up as an only child” could not be wrong as it was a “textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about their childhood.”
A young Meghan is pictured with her father, Thomas Markle, who she is also estranged from
She claims the book caused “significant and irreparable prejudice, injury and damage” to her reputation.
She listed a number of lyrics in the biography she disputed, including that she dropped out of high school.
Meghan’s lawyer has previously hit back at the lawsuit, claiming it was “unfounded” and they were giving it “the minimum amount of attention required”. Scobie also rejected the claims.
In their latest round of legal documents, Meghan’s lawyers quashed Samantha’s claims that it was dishonest for Meghan to say she was an only child, claiming that she feels that way even though she technically has two half-siblings.
“It’s hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how you view your own childhood.
“Moreover, Plaintiff’s objection completely ignores the context of the statement in which Ms Winfrey asked Meghan about her ‘relationship’ with Plaintiff (to which Ms Winfrey referred to as her ‘paternal half-sister’).
Meanwhile, Samantha also bangs on the book Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which she describes as both her sister’s “fairytale life story” and a “book of lies.”
“Meghan’s response to that question, that she was raised as an only child, was obviously not intended as a statement of any objective fact that she had no genetic siblings or half-siblings.”
But Mr Sasson told Newsweek that his team intended to argue that being an “only child” was not subjective, adding: “Either you’re an only child or you’re not.”
He said as a result of Meghan’s comments, his client was perceived as a “liar” by the general public, who accused her of “making up a story claiming she was Meghan Markle’s sister, when in fact she was.” .
Meghan also dismisses Samantha’s complaints about information in Finding Freedom, a book by her friend Omid Scobie, saying Meghan cannot be held responsible for the content because she did not write it.
One of the information reportedly provided by Meghan was that Samantha “has lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers.”
‘Meghan did not make the statements; it cannot be held liable for this. It’s as simple as that,” her lawyers say.
Sussex’s lawyer hit back at the lawsuit (pictured), claiming it was “unfounded” and they were giving it “the minimum amount of attention required”. Scobie also dismissed the claims.
Mr Sasson told Newsweek they will argue that Meghan “directed” certain elements to be included in the book.
Referring to the Duchess by her first name in the documents, her lawyers asked the court, “Overall, Meghan’s motion to dismiss should be granted, as should her motion for attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief.”
The sisters are believed to have last seen each other in 2008, but have clashed over versions of their childhoods in recent years.
Samantha’s troubled relationship with Meghan exploded in public after the announcement of her sister’s engagement to Prince Harry in 2017.
She was quoted by journalists as saying “The Queen would be appalled” and calling her a “Ducha**” on Twitter.
She gave numerous interviews attacking the Duchess, but has since backed down and complimented her.
Samantha also published a book about her sister last year called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One.
It reveals details of the Markles’ upbringing, including the rivalry when their father was still married to Doria Ragland, the actress’ mother.
But Samantha also writes about her adoration for Meghan as a baby, describing the baby as “biracial, beautiful, and the color of both a peach and a rose.”
A judge is set to rule on Meghan’s request to have her half-sister’s lawsuit dismissed, without setting a date when the verdict will be announced.
MailOnline contacted representatives of Meghan Markle.