British Royal Family

Meghan Markle insists she never lied in bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview - but her sister disagrees

As she heads to court yet again.

By Maddison Leach
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is insisting she never lied to Oprah Winfrey during her bombshell TV interview after her half-sister Samantha Markle sued her.
During her sit-down interview with Oprah in 2020, Meghan discussed her childhood and said that she "grew up as an only child", though she has two half-siblings.
Now Samantha is seeking more than $100,000 in damages, claiming that those comments as well as a divisive royal biography subjected her to shame and hate.
Meghan has denied her half-sister's claims that she lied during her and Prince Harry's TV interview. (Image: CBS)
According to the 57-year-old, who is Thomas Markle's eldest daughter, Meghan's comments to Oprah about "growing up as an only child" are outright lies.
Taking the royal to court for defamation, Samantha has alleged that the "false and malicious lies" about Meghan's "rags-to-royalty" story subjected her to "humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale".
But the Duchess of Sussex's legal team have hit back at the allegations, saying that Meghan's comments were a statement of opinion, not fact.
In paperwork filed by the royal's lawyers, they refute Samantha's assertions that she can "disprove that Meghan 'grew up as an only child'".
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"But this perception is inherently unfalsifiable. It is hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one views their own childhood," the documents read.
"Moreover, Plaintiff's [Samantha'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."
Instead, Meghan's lawyers called the comment a "textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood."
They also slammed Samantha's attempts to sue Meghan over the royal biography Finding Freedom, which documents her and Prince Harry's 2020 royal exit.
Lawyers argue that the duchess cannot be sued for a book she didn't write.
"Meghan did not make the statements; she cannot be liable for them," they said. "It is that simple."
This isn't the first time Samantha Markle has come after Meghan. (Image: Getty)
Samantha appears to have been relying on rumours that the couple had provided statements to the book's authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always denied these claims.
This is far from the first time Samantha has spoken out against her sister or accused her of "lying" about her family and childhood.
Despite regular attacks in the press, Meghan has rarely responded to her half-sister's claims.