The Duchess of Sussex’s account of her upbringing in her Oprah interview was not meant to be “objective fact” but a subjective statement of her feelings, her own lawyers have argued in a defamation case brought by her estranged sister.
The Duchess’s description of how she “grew up as an only child” cannot be false because it is a “textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood”, they say.
In legal papers submitted to a court in Florida as part of an ongoing case filed by Samantha Markle, the Duchess’s US legal team has moved to dismiss the case.
Samantha Markle, who is the daughter of Thomas Markle, the Duchess’s father, is seeking $75,000 (£57,000) in damages over the Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview and Finding Freedom biography that she claimed subjected her to “humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale”.
She claims her half-sister, who was interviewed for the television special alongside Prince Harry, told “false and malicious lies” about her fairytale “rags-to-royalty” upbringing at her paternal family’s expense.
In particular, Ms Markle contests her half-sister’s Oprah interview description that she “grew up as an only child”.