- Trump said Markle was “no good” after her Oprah interview, a former advisor said.
- “She’s no good, and now everybody’s seeing it,” Trump said, according to Stephen Miller.
- The former president has publicly criticized Markle in the past.
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Former President Donald Trump said that Meghan Markle was “no good” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Stephen Miller, Trump’s former White House senior policy advisor, said during an episode of Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast on Wednesday that the former president said he could “make a little news” by issuing a public statement about Meghan and Harry’s interview but decided not to.
“I told him I was going to join you on this show. He says, if you want you can make a little news on Meghan. … He goes, yeah, she’s no good, and now everybody’s seeing it,” Miller said.
He said that Trump then told him: “You realize if you say anything negative about Meghan Markle, you get canceled. Look at Piers.'”
Piers Morgan left his position as anchor of ITV’s “Good Morning Britain,” a popular British talk show, last week after saying he “did not believe a word” of Markle’s revelation that she’d had suicidal thoughts before she and Harry decided to leave Britain last year.
The couple said that Markle was denied mental-health support from the royal household, adding that one member of the royal family had voiced racist concerns about the skin color of their then-unborn child.
Markle reportedly lodged a formal complaint with ITV about Morgan’s comments, and he left the station the following day. Ofcom, the UK’s broadcasting regulator, is also investigating Morgan’s comments after receiving more than 40,000 complaints from members of the British public.
Trump also criticized Markle while he was president. He told the Sun newspaper she was “nasty” after being informed that she said she would move to Canada if he were elected in 2016.
He also criticized Markle in September after she and Prince Harry issued a video urging Americans to vote shortly after they moved from the UK to California. The video was widely interpreted as encouragement to vote against Trump.
“I’m not a fan of hers, and I would say this, and she probably has heard that, but I wish a lot of luck to Harry. He’s going to need it,” Trump said after he was asked about the video.