- Donald Trump called Meghan Markle “very nice” and said Prince Harry “couldn’t have been nicer to him,” during his visit to Buckingham Palace – despite rumours the royal had avoided him.
- The US President called Meghan Markle “nasty” in a recent interview, after finding out that she said she would “move to Canada” if he was elected during his 2016 presidential campaign.
- Trump, who met Prince Harry at a Buckingham Palace lunch on Monday, said the rumours of a falling out were false and that the prince was “great.”
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Donald Trump has dismissed rumours that Prince Harry “avoided him” during his visit to Buckingham Palace, saying the royal “couldn’t have been nicer.”
The US President’s state visit was surrounded by controversy, partly because he suggested in a recent recorded interview with The Sun thatMeghan Markle was “nasty” for saying that she would “move to Canada” if he was elected during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump and his wife Melania were hosted by the Queen for a private lunch at Buckingham Palace on Monday. Markle, who is on maternity leave, was absent.
Although Prince Harry attended, pictures seemed to suggest he didn’t spend much time with the President, leaving many to believe it could have been because of the comments made towards his wife.
However, during an interview on “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday, Trump said the situation was “just the opposite.”
In his interview with The Sun, Trump had been asked if he was aware that the duchess “wasn’t so nice” about him during his presidential campaign and that she would move abroad if he was elected.
“No, I didn’t know she was nasty.” Trump replied. He later denied his comments, saying they were “made up by the Fake News Media.”
When asked by Piers Morgan on Wednesday whether he thought Markle was nasty – like an audio recording of the Sun interview had suggested – Trump replied: “No. You know, the question was asked to me and I didn’t know that she said anything bad about me, it sounds like she did, and that’s ok. Hey, join the crowd.”
“But it seems like she had,” he continued, “and they said some of the things that she said, and it’s actually on tape.”
He went on to say that he meant that Markle’s comments were nasty, and that he wasn’t “referring to her” as nasty.
“And I said, ‘well, I didn’t know she was nasty.’ I wasn’t referring to her as ‘she’s nasty,’ I said she was nasty about me. And essentially, I didn’t know she was nasty about me.
“So, I said, ‘but you know what, she’s doing a good job, I hope she enjoys her life.”
Trump went on to say he thought Markle was “very nice” and that the reports “shows how terrible the news can be.”
“It’s ok for her to be nasty to me, it’s not good for me to be nasty to her,” he commented.
When asked if he’d had a chance to speak to Prince Harry on Monday, Trump replied: “I did. I congratulated him, and I think he’s a terrific guy. The royal family is really nice.”
As far as his thoughts on whether Prince Harry avoided him at Buckingham Palace like recent photographs suggest, he replied: “No, just the opposite.
“In fact, he spent a lot of time talking to Ivanka and talking to my family. I went up, and he couldn’t have been nicer. I think he’s great.”
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