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US judge dismisses Meghan Markle's half-sister's defamation case.

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A US judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Meghan Markle by her half-sister, Samantha Markle. Samantha alleged that Meghan's comments in a Netflix documentary and an interview with Oprah Winfrey had defamed her, as reported by BBC. Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell ruled that Meghan's statements were either opinions, mostly accurate, or did not significantly damage Samantha's reputation. Importantly, the dismissal of the case is permanent, meaning Samantha cannot bring the same claims to court again.

One point of contention in the lawsuit was Samantha's assertion that Meghan had claimed she only changed her last name back to Markle after Meghan began dating Prince Harry. However, the judge noted that Samantha had used the last name Rasmussen in September 2016 and then switched to Markle two months later, around the time news of Meghan's royal connection became public. Judge Honeywell stated, "The gist of the statement - that Samantha switched to her family name a short time after it was reported Meghan was involved with Prince Harry - is true."

Another issue raised was Meghan's description of their childhood relationship during her interview with Oprah. Meghan stated, "I grew up as an only child, which everyone who grew up around me knows," implying that they were not close. However, the judge considered this statement to be an opinion about their relationship and sided with Meghan.

This dismissal marks another development in the ongoing legal battle between the two sisters. It was Samantha's third attempt to sue Meghan for defamation. Previously, in 2022, she claimed that Meghan had spread lies by contributing to an unauthorized biography and discussing their relationship on television. However, the judge also dismissed that case, finding Meghan not responsible for the book's content.

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