Samantha Markle arrives at court as she tries to sue half-sister Meghan

Samantha Markle, Meghan Markle's half-sister, has taken her defamation case against the Duchess to court.

Samantha alleges that Meghan defamed her in both her 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview and 2022 Netflix documentary.

Samantha, who is wheelchair-bound due to multiple sclerosis, claims Meghan labelled her as an "imposter," a "deceptive opportunist" and a "charlatan" in several interviews.

Her lawyer, Peter Ticktin, says Samantha now feels harassed and scared to leave her home.

However, Michael Kump, Meghan's representative, denies any of Meghan's statements were libellous and argues the case lacks foundation.

He stated: "This has always been a lawsuit in search of a viable claim. The case has failed because it runs head first up against defamation law and the First Amendment."

The case, which was first brought to court in March 2022, was dismissed earlier this year. The judge ruled that Meghan was merely sharing her views about her childhood and relationship with her half-sister Samantha.

Now, Samantha is trying once again to take the case to trial in Florida.

Judge Charlene Honeywell will decide on the possibility of a trial in the coming weeks.

Speaking outside the court, Samantha told reporters she feels "optimistic" about the case. She said: "I think the truth stands on its own, so I'm optimistic and thankful that we have a justice system that gives us the chance to present the facts."

In an interview with Fox 13, Samantha expressed her disappointment at Meghan's claim that they were not close as children.

She said: "People change, they have agendas, they have other things influencing their lives. It doesn't change reality."

Samantha, who has given many interviews since Meghan started dating Prince Harry, also defended her book, telling the U.S. Sun it was not "a slamming tell-all."

Samantha and Meghan have a famously rocky relationship, and Samantha is not shy on giving her opinion about her half-sister, with whom she shares the same dad.

She was part of a group putting out disinformation about the couple online, according to the latest episodes of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Netflix documentary.

A statement published in the US publication Newsweek, in response to the Netflix documentary claims said: “According to Samantha Markle’s attorney, Samantha’s Twitter account has never been ‘suspended’ but instead ‘hacked’, resulting in ‘imposter accounts’ made by third parties to defame his client.”

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