Meghan Markle wins defamation lawsuit brought against her by half-sister Samantha

Meghan Markle scored a massive legal victory in the defamation lawsuit brought against her by her half-sister, Samantha Markle.

The judge dismissed the suit against the Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday with prejudice, meaning Samantha cannot level her claim again.

Court documents obtained by Page Six state Samantha “failed to identify any statements that could support a claim for defamation or defamation-by-implication by this point, her third try at amending her complaint…”

Meghan Markle proved victorious in half-sister Samantha Markle’s defamation lawsuit against her. James Whatling / MEGA
The court dismissed Samantha’s lawsuit with prejudice. Fox
Samantha cannot level the defamation claims against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ever again. Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

The judge specifically noted that there were no examples of defamation to be found in Meghan and Prince Harry’s Netflix docuseries, “Meghan & Harry” or Omid Scobie’s “Finding Freedom.”

Additionally, the judge found no examples of defamation in the couple’s hourlong sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on CBS in March 2021.

Florida District Court Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell found that Samantha, 59, supplied “mischaracterizations of the [interview] transcript” and determined that the couple’s statements about Samantha and their father, Thomas Markle, were “quintessential examples of opinion.”

Samantha sued the “Suits” alum in March 2022 claiming Meghan made “false and malicious statements” during her sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Fox
Samantha further alleged that Meghan publicly blasted their father, Thomas Markle, to sell a false “rags-to-royalty” story. Channel 5

Samantha sued the “Suits” alum, 42, in March 2022, claiming Meghan made “false and malicious statements” during her sit-down with Winfrey.


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She accused the former Tig blogger of falsely claiming to be “an only child” and alleged Meghan lied about the timeframe of when they last saw each other. She also claimed Meghan publicly bashed Thomas in an attempt to sell the world a false “rags-to-royalty” narrative of her life.

Meghan and her attorneys called the lawsuit “meritless.” SplashNews.com
Her attorney also called the lawsuit “baseless and absurd.” Getty Images Ms. Foundation for Women

Samantha asked for $75,000 in damages and for the cost of court and attorney’s fees.

In response, Meghan called the lawsuit “meritless.”

“We do not empanel juries to rule on whether two people are ‘close,’ or whether one genuinely feels that they ‘grew up as an only child,’” Meghan’s legal response at the time read.

“We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves,” he added. Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

“Courts are not equipped to adjudicate the legitimacy of a person’s feelings about their childhood and relationships. Nor should they be.”

Meghan’s attorney also told TMZ following the request for dismissal that the suit was “baseless and absurd” and “a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behavior.”

“We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves,” he added.