The father of Meghan Markle has pledged to give evidence in support of his eldest daughter in her lawsuit against the Duchess of Sussex.
Thomas Markle announced he would be “more than happy” to support his daughter Samantha in her legal battle against her half-sister Meghan.
Samantha Markle is taking legal action against Meghan and Prince Harry over “false and malicious statements” made about her in the couple’s bombshell sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 57-year-old also alleges there are lies in the book Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which Meghan contributed to via a third party.
Mr Markle, 77, has now spoken out about the lawsuit and said he wants his day in the courtroom with Meghan and “ginger husband” Prince Harry.
He made the comments as he hosted the debut episode of his own YouTube channel alongside celebrity photographer Karl Larsen.
Speaking on the debut episode of his YouTube program, he said: “I would be more than happy to. I’ve been trying for almost four years to get to see my daughter and her ginger husband in a courtroom face-to-face. I’d be thrilled to defend my oldest daughter.”
Mr Markle is said to be using the channel on a weekly basis and having a topical review of current events.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Samantha claimed in her lawsuit that Meghan’s words have stopped her gaining employment as well as harmed her book sales.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in Tampa, Florida, Samantha has demanded £57,000 ($75,000) in damages and asked for the Duchess to cover her legal fees.
Meghan's attorney Michael Kump said: “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behaviour. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”
Meanwhile, her husband Harry has confirmed he is set to miss his grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial as he will not return to the UK.
A spokesman for the Duke of Sussex confirmed the news while adding that Harry hoped to visit his grandmother the Queen soon.
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The Duke has pursued a legal challenge against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.
The judge in the High Court case, Mr Justice Swift, will give his ruling on February’s preliminary proceedings, part of which may be confidential, at a later date.
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