Lawyer representing Meghan Markle’s stepsister in her libel lawsuit against the Duchess wants to get out of case

Samantha Markle defamation suit her half-sister Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, may have faced headwinds on Monday when her lawyer demanded that a Florida federal court allow him to withdraw from the case.

Attorney Douglas Cale, who has been representing Samantha since she filed a lawsuit last month, has presented official petition obtain permission to step down as her attorney, stating that he and his client had “irreconcilable differences and fundamental differences regarding various aspects of this case and the strategy for moving forward.”

In the petition, Kale said that Samata had agreed to his recall and that he did not know if Samantha had hired a new attorney. (At the time of publication, no documents had been filed to show that she hired a lawyer to replace him.) When contacted for comment, Kahle sent her petition to BuzzFeed News and declined to elaborate, citing attorney-client confidentiality.

AT message On Monday, on the social media platform Gettr, Samantha responded to a user’s question about whether her lawyer had “turned down” her as a client, saying: “He didn’t drop me as a client, my official statement is that… There was a conflict of interest… and I told him I didn’t think we could work together, so he resigned as official attorney. I initiated the breakup. It’s OK. I have another lawyer. The lawsuit is still on.”

A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex declined to comment on this new development. When the lawsuit was filed last month, Sussex’s attorney Michael Kamp told BuzzFeed News: “This baseless and absurd lawsuit is simply an extension of a pattern of anxious behavior. We will give it the minimum necessary attention it deserves.”

In his petition, Calais cited the opinion of the American Bar Association. Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.16(b)which lists the various reasons an attorney may refuse to represent a client.

Samantha filed a defamation lawsuit against Meghan on March 3, alleging that her a complaint that the Duchess of Sussex ‘viciously’ lied about her family and childhood in interviews, especially blockbuster 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey to “destroy the reputation and credibility of her sister and her father in order to preserve and promote the false rags-to-riches story”. [Meghan] fabricated.”

Samantha claimed that Meghan’s statements not only damaged her reputation, but also caused her real damage in the form of job loss and loss of income from the sale of her autobiography. Diary of Princess Pusha’s Sister.

BuzzFeed News in March profiled Samantha and has written about her history of promoting conspiracy theories about her half-sister Megan online, especially on Twitter and in conversations with a popular (and now permanently estranged) anti-Sussex YouTuber.

BuzzFeed News contacted Samantha to comment on her attorney’s motion to withdraw from her case, using an email address previously provided to this reporter by her partner, Mark Phillips.

In response from the email address, BuzzFeed News threatened a restraining order against the reporter. It is not clear if the account was used by Samantha or Phillips at the time.

“THIS IS TO STOP AND DESIRE, STOP HASTING AND DON’T CONTACT ME ANY MORE,” BuzzFeed News said in an email. “I will forward this to Kensington Palace and all the royal reporters and I will check the journalistic ethics authorities.”

When asked by BuzzFeed News if there is a spokesperson or lawyer in Kale’s absence to address media inquiries, the account responded, “I told you to stop and desist from your harassment, harassment and slander, stop and refrain, I’m blocking you now.” .

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