They have already spilled intimate details of their lives in their Netflix special and in Prince Harry‘s tell-all memoir.
But now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to submit to their most revealing interrogation yet as part of a lawsuit brought by Meghan’s sister Samantha.
A judge refused to grant Meghan Markle’s request to stop depositions being taken, meaning that she and Harry will be grilled by Samantha Markle‘s lawyers.
Within the next few months they will have to discuss subjects including whether the late Queen Elizabeth was racist.
But in a victory for the Duchess, a judge warned that the case may be ‘ripe for dismissal’ before the depositions take place.
Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell said that after a ‘preliminary peek’ at Meghan’s request to dismiss the case there may be grounds to throw it out.
Samantha is seeking $75,000 in damages over claims in the Sussexes’ 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey and their 2020 biography Finding Freedom.
According to Samantha, the allegations subjected her to ‘humiliation, shame and hatred on a worldwide scale’.
Meghan’s lawyers have refused to respond to 38 questions from Samantha’s lawyers filed in the Florida federal court lawsuit as they want Judge Honeywell to rule on their motion to dismiss first.
They also asked the judge to stop the discovery process but she refused to do so.
In her ruling, Judge Honeywell wrote: ‘Defendant Markle does not show that unusual circumstances justify the requested stay, or that prejudice or an undue burden will result if the Court does not impose a stay.
‘Although a preliminary peek at the motion to dismiss suggests that some of the claims against her may be ripe for dismissal, the review does not reveal, at this time, a clear indication that the Court will dismiss the action in its entirety.
‘Thus, defendant Markle does not satisfy the high standard required to stay discovery pending the resolution of a dispositive motion.’
The ruling means that Meghan and Harry will have to sit for deposition which will have to take place before July, if the case moves ahead.
They are likely to be challenged about statements that Samantha wants a response to including: ‘Queen Elizabeth was not a racist’ and ‘King Charles is not a racist’.