Meghan Markle denies lying about ‘growing up as an only child’ during bombshell Oprah interview

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Meghan Markle has denied lying about ‘growing up as an only child’ during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, as the Duchess of Sussex faces a defamation lawsuit filed by her estranged half-sister Samantha. 

Meghan’s lawyers have argued that the statement was not meant to be an ‘objective fact’ but a subjective statement about her feelings. 

The Duchess of Sussex is being sued by Samantha for $75,000 over the allegedly ‘false’ narrative she gave of a ‘rags to riches’ story during her Oprah interview.

Her lawyers said that Meghan saying she ‘grew up as an only child’ can’t be false because it is a ‘textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood’.

Meghan’s legal team are now moving for the defamation case, filed in Tampa, Florida, to be dismissed. 

Meghan Markle has denied lying about 'growing up as an only child' during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, as the Duchess of Sussex faces a defamation lawsuit filed by her estranged half-sister Samantha

Meghan Markle has denied lying about ‘growing up as an only child’ during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, as the Duchess of Sussex faces a defamation lawsuit filed by her estranged half-sister Samantha

Samantha Markle is pictured with her half-sister Meghan Markle at her graduation in 2008

Samantha Markle is pictured with her half-sister Meghan Markle at her graduation in 2008

The Duchess of Sussex is being sued by Samantha for $75,000 over the allegedly 'false' narrative she gave of a 'rags to riches' story during her Oprah interview

The Duchess of Sussex is being sued by Samantha for $75,000 over the allegedly ‘false’ narrative she gave of a ‘rags to riches’ story during her Oprah interview

In a court document, Samantha, the daughter of Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, claims the Duchess of Sussex launched a ‘premeditated campaign to destroy’ her and her father’s reputation.

She claims her sister tried to ruin their credibility so ‘they could not interfere with or contradict the false narrative and fairy tale life story concocted by the defendant’.

She also alleges Meghan lied when she claimed she ‘essentially raised herself from virtual poverty’ and from 13 had to take on low-paying jobs to ‘make ends meet’.

Meanwhile Samantha, 57, launched an astonishing broadside on her sister’s friend and biographer Omid Scobie as she blasted Finding Freedom as ‘a book of lies’.

Meghan’s lawyer has previously hit back at the lawsuit, claiming it was ‘baseless’ and they would give it ‘the minimum attention necessary’. Scobie also dismissed the claims.

Samantha has contested Meghan’s description of how she ‘grew up as an only child’.

Her lawyers said that Meghan saying she 'grew up as an only child' can't be false because it is a 'textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood'

Her lawyers said that Meghan saying she ‘grew up as an only child’ can’t be false because it is a ‘textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood’

In a court document, Samantha (pictured), the daughter of Thomas Markle, Meghan's father, claims the Duchess of Sussex launched a 'premeditated campaign to destroy' her and her father's reputation

In a court document, Samantha (pictured), the daughter of Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, claims the Duchess of Sussex launched a ‘premeditated campaign to destroy’ her and her father’s reputation

In court documents seen by DailyMail.com, Meghan’s lawyers wrote: ‘Plaintiff [Samantha] first asserts that she can disprove that Meghan “grew up as an only child”.

‘But this perception is inherently unfalsifiable. It is hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one views their own childhood.

‘Moreover, Plaintiff’s opposition completely ignores the context of the statement, where Ms Winfrey asked Meghan about her “relationship” with Plaintiff (to whom Ms Winfrey referred as her “half-sister on her father’s side”).

‘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.

‘Rather, it was a textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood.’

A young Meghan is pictured with her father Thomas Markle, from whom she is also estranged

A young Meghan is pictured with her father Thomas Markle, from whom she is also estranged

Meanwhile Samantha has also hit out at Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s book Finding Freedom, which she dubs her sister’s ‘fairy tale life story’.

She claims the book caused ‘substantial and irreparable prejudice, injury, and harm’ to her reputation.

She listed a series of texts in the biography she disputes, including that she dropped out of high school.

Meghan’s team, in its latest submission to the court, argued that the Duchess of Sussex cannot be also sued over Finding Freedom because she did not write the book. 

‘Meghan did not make the statements; she cannot be liable for them,’ they said. ‘It is that simple.’

Referring to the Duchess by her first name throughout the documents, lawyers asked the court: ‘In sum, Meghan’s motion to dismiss should be granted, as should her request for attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief.’

DailyMail.com has contacted Meghan’s legal team for comment.  

Meanwhile Samantha, 57, launched an astonishing broadside on her sister's friend and biographer Omid Scobie (pictured) as she blasted Finding Freedom as 'a book of lies'

Meanwhile Samantha, 57, launched an astonishing broadside on her sister’s friend and biographer Omid Scobie (pictured) as she blasted Finding Freedom as ‘a book of lies’

The sisters are thought to have last seen each other in 2008 but they have butted heads over versions of their childhoods in recent years.

Samantha’s rocky relationship with Meghan exploded into public view after her sister’s engagement to Prince Harry was announced in 2017.

She was quoted by journalists as saying ‘The Queen would be appalled’ and called her a ‘ducha**’ on Twitter.

She gave numerous interviews attacking the Duchess but has since backtracked and complimented her.

Samantha released a book about her sister last year titled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One.

It lays bare details of the Markles’ upbringing, including the rivalry when their father was still married to the actress’s mother Doria Ragland.

But Samantha also writes of her adoration for Meghan as a baby and described the infant as ‘bi-racial, beautiful, and was both the color of a peach, and a rose’.

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