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Back in March of 2021 Meghan Markle sat down for an interview with Oprah that would forever alter the American Duchess’ relationship with her royal in-laws.

As a bonus, it seems that the interview also permanently broke the brain of Meghan’s wicked half-sister, the professional scam artist Samantha Markle.

Now, Scammy Sammy was off her rocker before all of this began, but the interview really drove off the deep end.

Either that, or it offered her a new opportunity to antagonize her sister and manipulate the media, and she needed to act a little crazy in order to fully take advantage.

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Whatever the case, Samantha is suing Meghan, alleging that the Duchess made false, defamatory statements in her interview with Oprah.

She also alleges that Meghan fed false information to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, authors of Finding Freedom, a biography about the Sussexes.

Weirdly, the comment that seems to bother Samantha the most is Meghan’s remark that she grew up as an only child.

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Meghan Markle is all smiles in this photo. Or all forced and sort of pretend smiles, we should write.

Now, the Duchess obviously didn’t mean this as an objective statement of fact, as anyone with access to Google can see that she grew up with two half-siblings.

It was just Meghan’s way of saying that her much older half-brother and -sister who grew up in separate homes are not exactly authorities on her life.

So Meghan filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that she’s allowed to make subjective statements about her upbringing.

And not surprisingly, Sam’s lawyers absolutely lost it:

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Samantha Markle is doing all she knows how to do in this interview: she is trashing her sister.

“Our position on this is that we still feel confident this is a viable defamation claim and Mrs Markle [Meghan] is attempting to spin this around regarding the Oprah show stating that this is ‘subjective’ thinking that she was an ‘only child’ but that is not subjective,” reads their response.

“Either you’re an only child or you’re not,” the filing continued, according to Newsweek.

“When she went on Oprah and said ‘I grew up as an only child’ there’s only one way to look at that, that she was an only child.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Athletics Competition during day two of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

The attorneys blathered on:

“Which then as a result, made the general perception of the public believe that my client was a liar and was making up a story claiming that she was Meghan Markle’s sister when, indeed, she truly was and this is what this comes down to.”

“When you make the comment in front of millions of people which is false and then try to turn around and say ‘it’s my subjective thinking’ well—she didn’t make that clear on Oprah that it’s her subjective thinking.”

That’s a lot of words to say “Samantha was only discussed for about 10 seconds in the entire 60-minute interview, and she’s pissed about it.”

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Meghan Markle is wearing quite a hat in this photo. Not sure if we like it or not.

Samantha is also angry about the factual claim that she previously went by Samantha Grant, and she only changed her name back to Markle after Meghan started dating Harry.

“If you really look at the context when she said ‘[Samantha] changed her name back to Markle only when I started dating Harry’ then she says ‘so I think that says enough,'” Sam’s lawyers argue, “that’s defamatory.”

“There is nothing defamatory about that statement—saying that someone changed their name to be associated with another is not in-and-of-itself defamatory in any way,” Meghan’s attorneys shot back.

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Sam is also angry about Scobie and Durant’s book, particularly the claim within it that she “lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers.”

“About the book. They’re trying to claim that Meghan Markle didn’t publish it because she didn’t write the book,” Grant-Markle’s lawyers tell Newsweek.

“But it’s stated in our complaint, and it’s very specific, that she instructed—and we have the email showing it—that these things were to be put in the book. So it’s different from the cases they’re showing in their reply.”

Meghan never met with the authors of the book, but Sam’s lawyers point to emails that she sent to her former communications director, Jason Knauf.

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Meghan Markle looks on lovingly here, staring at her very hot husband, Prince Harry.

“When you sit down with them [the book’s authors] it may be helpful to have some background reminders so I’ve included them below just in case,” Meghan wrote in one email.

“I know you are better versed at this than most but assisting where I can. I appreciate your support—please let me know if you need me to fill in any other blanks.”

It’s quite a leap from “Meghan sorta, almost had something to do with this book” to “she instructed the authors to slander her half-sister.”

But then, Samantha has never been one to worry about pesky trivialities like facts or reality.