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Samantha Markle and Meghan Markle are still at odds, the duchess is pursuing legal action

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MEGHAN MARKLE has filed a new attempt to have her half-sister’s defamation lawsuit dismissed after her first was rejected.

In March, Samantha Markle sued the Duchess of Sussex for defamation in relation to Meghan’s 2021 sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. The queen was believed to have made up stories about growing up in “virtual poverty,” and Samatha accused her of lying about her family.

On June 17, the Duchess of Sussex initially submitted a motion to dismiss Samantha’s allegations against her.

Due to Samantha’s amended complaint, it was dismissed as moot.

The former “Suits” star denied her half-allegations sister’s in fresh court records on her “meritless defamation case.”

The Duchess alleged in the documents that her sibling “deleted numerous specific factual allegations and exhibits from her original complaint,” claiming that the facts would “completely undermine” Samantha’s case.

The documents added: “Most obviously, her original complaint attached a 2018 email from Meghan to the then-Communications Secretary of Kensington Palace, Jason Knauf, that Plaintiff alleged was the basis for the allegedly defamatory statements in Finding Freedom.

“However, the email on its face disproved Plaintiff’s claim that Meghan was somehow responsible for the authors’ allegedly defamatory statements in ‘Finding Freedom.'”

Meghan’s motion further alleged in the documents obtained by Us Weekly: “Indeed, in her desperation to save her case, Plaintiff quite literally fabricated one of the statements, as evidenced by the missing interview transcript.”

In the new motion, Meghan argued that this matter “has no place” in any court.

The Duchess argued: “We do not impanel juries to rule on whether two people are ‘close,’ or whether one genuinely feels that they ‘grew up as an only child.’

“Courts are not equipped to adjudicate the legitimacy of a person’s feelings about their childhood and relationships. Nor should they be.”

Samatha Markle claimed in her defamation lawsuit that Meghan made false statements about her interview with Oprah Winfrey about her and her brother Thomas Markle Sr. so they “could not interfere with or contract the false narrative and fairytale life story [she] concocted.”

She further claimed that the Duchess had a negative impact on her memoirs and prevented her from getting jobs, causing emotional and mental pain.

Meghan stated that she was raised as an only child and that she hadn’t seen her half-sister in “at least 18 or 19 years” during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

She added that Samantha only went back to using the last name Markle once the former actress started dating Prince Harry.

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