Meghan Markle denied this week that she lied to Oprah Winfrey about being an “only child” in her tell-all interview last year.
The Duchess of Sussex’s legal team said in a court filing Monday in connection to her half-sister Samantha Markle’s defamation lawsuit that Meghan made a “subjective” statement about how she felt about her childhood.
“Meghan’s response to that question that she ‘grew up as an only child’ was obviously not meant to be a statement of objective fact that she had no genetic siblings or half-siblings,” her legal team said in the filing. “Rather, it was a textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood.”
The filing claimed that Samantha Markle “ignored the context” of Winfrey’s question, which was about Meghan’s “relationship” with her half-sister, who is 17 years older than her and was raised in another home.
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It said her sister’s contention that she can disprove that Meghan grew up as an only child is “inherently unfalsifiable. It is hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one views their own childhood.”
Samantha Markle sued Meghan in March for $75,000, claiming her statement that she “grew up as an only child” was defamatory because Meghan made her half-sister look like an “opportunist of the worst kind” who wanted to cash in on having a famous sister.
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She also alleges that a biography called “Finding Freedom” that was not written by Meghan or Prince Harry has caused her “humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale,” according to Cosmopolitan.
Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the authors of the biography, have said the Sussexes weren’t involved with the book.
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Her communications secretary may have spoken to the authors off the record but Meghan’s lawyers said in a filing that that is irrelevant because “Meghan did not make the statements; she cannot be liable for them. It is that simple.”
Meghan’s attorney told TMZ when the lawsuit was first filed: “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behavior. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”