Meghan Markle denies lying to Oprah about being an ‘only child’ in revealing interview

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Meghan Markle this week denied lying to Oprah Winfrey about being an “only child” during her reveal interview last year.

The Duchess of Sussex’s legal team said in a court filing relating to her half-sister Samantha Markle’s libel trial on Monday that Meghan made a “subjective” statement about how she felt about her childhood.

“Meghan’s response to this 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. and sisters,” his legal team said in the filing. “It was more of a classic example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about their childhood.”

The filing claimed that Samantha Markle “did not know the context” of Winfrey’s question, which concerned Meghan’s “relationship” with her half-sister, who is 17 years older than her and grew up in a different home.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Tembisa Township to learn about youth employment services on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Tembisa Township to learn about youth employment services on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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He said his sister’s claim that she can refute that Meghan grew up as an only child is “inherently unfalsifiable. It’s hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one perceives one’s 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 take advantage of having a famous relative.

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An arrangement of British daily newspapers shows front-page headlines telling the story of the interview given by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and her husband Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to media mogul Oprah Winfrey about their experiences with Buckingham Palace, in London, UK, on ​​March 9, 2021.

An arrangement of British daily newspapers shows front-page headlines telling the story of the interview given by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and her husband Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to media mogul Oprah Winfrey about their experiences with Buckingham Palace, in London, UK, on ​​March 9, 2021.
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She also alleges that a biography titled “Finding Freedom” which was not written by Meghan or Prince Harry caused her “humiliation, shame and hatred on a global scale”, according to Cosmopolitan.

Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the authors of the biography, said the Sussexes were not involved in the book.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England.
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Her communications secretary may have spoken to the authors confidentially, but Meghan’s lawyers said in a filing that was irrelevant because “Meghan did not make the statements, she cannot be held responsible for them. . It’s as simple as that.”

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Meghan’s lawyer told TMZ when the lawsuit was first filed: ‘This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just the continuation of a disturbing pattern of behavior. , that’s all he deserves.”

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