Meghan Markle faces a deposition with Prince Harry on a lawsuit filed last year – by his own brother.
On Tuesday, a Florida judge rejected a request to let the couple avoid testifying in a defamation case brought by Samantha Markle. The Duchess of Sussex was sued by her half-sister in March for allegedly misrepresenting their relationship during a controversial Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021.
In court documents got speak mediaSamantha Markle accuses Meghan of making “patently false and malicious statements” that reached “a global audience”.
The lawsuit says Meghan “orchestrated the campaign to defame and destroy the reputation and credibility of her sister and father in order to preserve and promote the false ‘rags-to-royalty’ narrative” she allegedly fabricated for”the Royal family and the media around the world.
This includes Meghan’s claims that the siblings were “virtual strangers” and that she was “an only child”, according to case documents.
Samantha Markle is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
The judge’s decision could lead to Meghan and Harry, who famous royal family outing in 2020 on the allegations racism And infighting, to make comments under oath. Among the court documents are 38″admissions applications“, intended to serve as questions and potential prompts for Meghan.
These include statements such as “queen elizabeth was not racist” and “King Charles is not racist.” Meghan’s lawyers say these “are not relevant to any party’s claim.”
Samantha Markle also says their father funded Meghan’s ‘expensive’ private education and supported her half-sister’s acting career. The complainant adds that she drove Meghan to school “regularly”.
The lawsuit says “about 50 million people in 17 countries” watched the Oprah interview, sparking “humiliation, shame and hatred” for the less famous brother.
In the recent “Harry and Meghandocuseries, Meghan echoed some of her statements from that 2021 conversation.
“My half-sister, who I hadn’t seen in over a decade… suddenly I felt like she was everywhere,” Meghan said on the Netflix show. “I don’t know your middle name. I don’t know your date of birth. You tell these people that you raised me and called me “Princess Pushy”.