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Meghan Meghan hits back at half-sister’s ‘desperation to save’ defamation case

Meghan Markle has hit back at half-sister Samantha Markle's "desperation to save" her defamation case.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, is again trying to get the case dismissed after a previous dismissal attempt on June 17 was denied when Samantha, 57, filed an amended complaint.

Meghan has reportedly filed a second motion to dismiss today (June 27).

In court documents obtained by US Weekly, the ex-royal and her team laid out their defences to what they say is a "meritless defamation case".

The motion reads: "In her desperation to save her case, Plaintiff quite literally fabricated one of the statements, as evidenced by the missing interview transcript."

It accuses Samantha of deleting "numerous specific factual allegations and exhibits" from the original complaint that would "completely undermine" Samantha’s argument.

It also references the 2018 email between Meghan and then-Communications Secretary of Kensington Palace Jason Knauf, which was included in the first complaint.

"The email on its face disproved Plaintiff’s claim that Meghan was somehow responsible for the authors’ allegedly defamatory statements in Finding Freedom," the motion reads, according to US Weekly.

Samantha filed her lawsuit in March this year in response to Meghan and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in March 2021.

The author of Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister claimed Meghan was not being honest about her past or their father Thomas Markle.

Her lawsuit claimed that what Meghan said "hurt sales of her autobiography, prevented her from getting jobs and caused emotional and mental distress".

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It also said Meghan's "rags to royalty" narrative was not true, and hit back at Meghan's claim she was an "only child".

In the Oprah interview, Meghan said: "I grew up as an only child, which everyone who grew up around me knows, and I wished I had siblings. I would have loved to have had siblings.

"[Samantha] changed her last name back to Markle in her early 50s … only when I started dating Harry. So, I think that says enough."

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