Samantha Marklea suffered a blow in her lawsuit for defamation against the Duchess of Sussexabout comments the royal made during her Oprah interview in 2021.
Samantha, 57, tried to remove Judge Charlene Honeywell – who had been appointed by Barack Obama – from the case, claiming she could not be impartial in the case because of the former US president’s personal ties to Meghan Markle, 40.
“The Obama family, Prince Harry and Meghan are ‘allies’ and strong supporters of each other,” her motion claimed Wednesday, as reported by Insider†
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It also stated that the “judge’s impartiality will be questioned”.
However, Judge Honeywell has denied any relationship with the Obamas.
“President Obama appointed the undersigned [the judge herself] almost 13 years ago,” the judge wrote in her decision.
“But the undersigned has never had any social or professional relationship with the Obamas.
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“The undersigned has never spoken to the former President or the former First Lady.”
Samantha’s lawyer, Alan Sasson, has since responded by saying they will rely on the judge’s honesty.
“We trust that the judge will be fair and impartial to our client, but we felt it was necessary because we are an Obama appointee and how close Meghan and Harry are to the Obama family,” he said of the motion. to remove the judge. out of the case.
Samantha is suing Meghan for defamation over comments made during her sit-down interview with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey and in the book find freedomclaim “false and malicious lies”.
Michael Kump, acting for the Duchess, has said the lawsuit will receive “the minimum attention it needs” because it “is all it deserves”.
“This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behavior,” he said TMZ†
find freedom co-author Omid Scobie responded to Kump’s comments, calling them a “burn.”
“A burn of Meghan’s lawyer Michael Kump,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
Samantha claims that Meghan’s comments about her and their family affected the sales of her autobiography, prevented her from getting a job and caused emotional and mental problems.
She alleges that Meghan lied about the circumstances of her upbringing and her involvement with her extended family, which includes Samantha, half brother Thomas Jr and their father, Thomas Markle Sr.
Thomas Markle Sr was recently hospitalized after being believed to have suffered a stroke. It is not known whether Meghan has visited her father since his most recent health crisis.
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