Samantha Markle’s defamation lawsuit against her half-sister Meghan Markle is not going smoothly.
Samantha’s attorney, Douglas Kahle, requested that a Florida federal court allow him to withdraw from the case. Kahle has represented Samantha since she filed the lawsuit last month until he submitted a formal motion to be allowed to step down as her attorney. Kahle stated that he and his client had “irreconcilable differences and fundamental disagreements regarding various aspects of this case and the strategy moving forward.”
In the motion, Kahle stated that Samatha had consented to his withdrawal and that he did not know if Samantha had retained a new attorney.
In a post on the social media platform Gettr this past Monday, Samantha responded to a user’s question about whether her lawyer had “dropped” her as a client, saying, “he did not drop me as a client my official statement is that..a conflict of interest existed,..and I told him I did not feel that we could work together, so he withdrew as attorney of record. I initiated the separation. It’s not a big deal.i’m having another attorney come on board. The suit is still taking place.”
At the time the lawsuit was filed last month, Sussex attorney Michael Kump informed BuzzFeed News in a statement, “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is just a continuation of a pattern of disturbing behavior. We will give it the minimum attention necessary, which is all it deserves.”
Kahle cited the American Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.16(b) in his motion, which lists the various reasons that a lawyer may withdraw from representing a client.
Samantha filed the defamation lawsuit against Meghan on March 3, claiming in her complaint that the Duchess of Sussex had “maliciously” lied about her family and childhood in interviews, particularly the bombshell 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, in order to “destroy her sister’s and her father’s reputation and credibility in order to preserve and promote the false ‘rags-to-royalty’ narrative [Meghan] had fabricated.”
Samantha also stated how Meghan’s statements not only damaged her reputation but allegedly caused her to suffer actual damages in the form of lost employment and lost income from sales of her autobiography, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.