Meghan and Harry must be grilled by lawyers over Samantha Markle claims, judge rules


Samantha Markle is suing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over claims they made in their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Samantha Markle is estranged from her well-known half-sister (Image: ITV/GETTY)

Ms Honeywell, in her ruling, wrote: “Defendant Markle does not show that unusual circumstances justify the requested stay, or that prejudice or an undue burden will result if the Court does not impose a stay.”

She added: “Although a preliminary peek at the motion to dismiss suggests that some of the claims against her may be ripe for dismissal, the review does not reveal, at this time, a clear indication that the Court will dismiss the action in its entirety.”

‘Thus, defendant Markle does not satisfy the high standard required to stay discovery pending the resolution of a dispositive motion.’

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Meghan and Harry are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)

Samantha is claiming $75,000 in damages for the Oprah claims, as well as the claims made in the couple’s 2020 biography Finding Freedom.

Speaking of Samantha, Ms Honeywell wrote that she doesn’t have “the high standard required to stay discovery pending the resolution of a dispositive motion.”

Following Meghan’s earlier claims, Samantha previously said that Meghan was “lying about [her] childhood” after speaking about growing up as an only child.

However, the Duchess stating, last year, that her comments were taken out of context.

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Meghan made comments regarding her half-sister (Image: PA)

According to Samantha, the allegations made by Meghan subjected her to “humiliation and shame”, as well as “hatred on a worldwide scale”.

Meghan and her half-sister have reportedly had a different relationship for years.

Their turbulent relationship was thrown into the media spotlight in 2017, upon Meghan’s engagement to Prince Harry.

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Meghan and Harry were interviewed by Oprah in 2021 (Image: GETTY)

She reportedly told Thomas that he didn’t “need them”, with Meghan asking why he “can’t just comply?” when Thomas replied that he loved all of Meghan and his other two children “equally”.


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