Meghan Markle's family drama: everything you need to know

Meghan Markle sued by half-sister Samantha over Oprah Winfrey interview

Stars Insider

07/03/22 | StarsInsider

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The latest scandal relating to Meghan Markle's estranged family once again involves her half-sister Samantha , who is suing the Duchess of Sussex for the explosive interview she and Prince Harry gave Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Samantha claims that Meghan made “false and malicious statements” about their relationship, like claiming to be “an only child," and about her “rags-to-royalty” narrative, according to court documents obtained by Page Six

“The defamatory implication is that Plaintiff had no relationship whatsoever with her sister Meghan, they were virtual strangers and that Plaintiff has created a lucrative career selling false stories to tabloids and television programs when she knows nothing about Defendant’s childhood,” says the filing.

Samantha also argues on behalf of their father, Thomas, that Meghan mislead the public regarding his absence from her 2018 wedding. The suit adds, "Meghan falsely claimed that: (a) she essentially raised herself from virtual poverty; (b) she was forced from the age of 13 to work in a series of low-paying jobs to ‘make ends meet.'"

Samantha also claims her half-sister “published and disseminated false and malicious statements about the Plaintiff in New York Times best-selling book, ‘Finding Freedom,'” which she calls “nothing more than a book of lies (hereinafter referred to as Defendant’s ‘fairy tale life’ story).”

Samantha is asking for US$75,000 in damages and for the costs of court and attorney’s fees. Meghan's attorney, Michael Kump, said in a statement to TMZ: “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.”

We all know the media can be borderline obsessive about celebrities' personal lives, but in the case of Meghan Markle's family, the press is almost justified. Click through this gallery to learn more about the absurd antics of Markle’s kooky kin.

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