Royal shock: Meghan Markle sued over ‘book of lies’

It’s been a week of highs and lows for the Sussexes

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by heat staff |

After making a show-stopping appearance at the glitzy NAACP Image Awards last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were brought back to earth with a bump when news emerged that Samantha Markle – Meghan’s half-sister – was suing the Duchess, claiming her sibling had launched a “premeditated campaign to destroy” her and her father’s reputation.

Just days before they were hit with the $75k defamation lawsuit from Samantha, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were honoured with the civil rights organisation’s President’s Award “in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service”.

In their acceptance speech, the couple took it in turns to speak, revealing a new partnership between their non-profit Archewell Foundation and US civil rights organisation NAACP, to create a new Digital Civil Rights Award.

Harry took a moment to praise Meghan, saying, “I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background from my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason. We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to combat injustice, and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”

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It’s the latest in a long line of charity endeavours that the pair – who married in 2018, and have two children, Archie, two, and nine-month-old Lilibet – and nine-month-old Lilibet – have committed themselves to since moving to the US two years ago. Through the Archewell Foundation, they’ve worked to open Community Relief Centres around the world and rebuilt women’s shelters destroyed by storms. They’ve also partnered with Women For Afghan Women to aid evacuation from the Taliban. In addition, last year, the couple became campaign chairs for Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World, and also launched 40x40, a scheme encouraging mentoring for women re-entering the workforce.

But, it seems, not everyone was impressed by the moving speech.

In fact, we’re told that certain palace dwellers felt personally attacked by it. “That comment about ‘a lifetime of service’ felt like a bit of a dig, as that’s what being a member of the royal family is meant to entail,” an insider tells heat.

“It grates that, despite quitting the royal family for a supposedly quieter life, Meghan and Harry are always popping up to tell everyone how well-intentioned they are. There was no reference to Harry’s family in the acceptance speech, no recognition of the education he received in the UK or the people who helped him become the man he is today. It was hurtful.”

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And they weren’t the only family members with ruffled feathers last week. Samantha Markle, 57, claimed that Meghan has spread a “false narrative” about her upbringing, and that the book Finding Freedom – written by friend to the Duchess, Omid Scobie – was a “book of lies” and a “fairy-tale life story”.

Samantha has long been outspoken on the difficult relationship between Meghan and her father Thomas’ side of the family. Last year, she published her own book entitled The Diary Of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One.

In her latest lawsuit, Samantha specifically refers to the “tell-all” interview that Harry and Meghan did with Oprah Winfrey last year. She alleges that Meghan made “false and malicious” statements, accusing her of “falsely claiming she essentially raised herself from virtual poverty”.

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Responding to Meghan’s previous statements that she barely had a relationship with her sister or father, the lawsuit claims, “This is false. Samantha spent time with Defendant on a regular basis throughout her childhood and even lived in the same apartment house with Defendant for a period of time. Samantha picked up Meghan from school; took Meghan for ice cream and to the mall regularly, and spent many family holidays with the Defendant. Meghan’s father was Meghan’s primary caregiver and Meghan and Samantha saw each other regularly.”

Harry and Meghan’s lawyer called the lawsuit “baseless and absurd”, adding, “It is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behaviour. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”

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