Date Set for Meghan Markle, Sister Defamation Trial
A federal judge in Florida has set a tentative trial date for Samantha Markle’s $75 000 defamation lawsuit against her estranged half-sister, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, on Tuesday, 28 November.
The trial – which will be preceded by a series of “in-person” meetings in an attempt to diplomatically resolve the dispute – is slated to take place for five days at a Tampa courthouse in November 2024.
Meghan publicly claims that she does not have a close relationship with Samantha. The pair have the same father but different mothers, which led to Meghan revealing that she felt like she had “grown up as an only child” during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
The 42-year-old Duchess claims that her sister re-entered her life when Meghan began dating Prince Harry, suggesting that Samantha began using their relationship (or lack thereof) to gain publicity.
“Suddenly, it felt like she (Samantha) was everywhere. I don’t know your middle name. I don’t know your birthday,” Meghan said during the interview, gaining notoriety for the statement.
However, her 59-year-old half-sister insists that Megahn is attempting to “cover-up” her “false rags-to-riches” narrative, a claim Samantha has publicly disputed.
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