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Trump Speaks on 'Nasty' Meghan Markle Before UK Trip

President seemed surprised that Harry's wife had said disparaging things in the past about him
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2019 6:30 AM CDT
In this Thursday photo, President Trump talks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump will be meeting with Queen Elizabeth on Monday during his visit to the UK, and Buckingham Palace says Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton will also be in attendance, per USA Today. Prince Harry will also reportedly meet Trump during a tea with his father, per Town and Country, but Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, isn't expected to be there. The official line is that Markle is still on maternity leave from her official duties to tend to her new son, Archie, though there are whispers that her absence may be tied to her vocal dislike of Trump: She said during a May 2016 interview that Trump was "divisive" and "misogynistic," the Independent notes.

Trump just apparently got wind of these comments for the first time—the Sun filled him in in advance of his visit—and the president seemed to be surprised. "I didn't know that," he told the paper. "What can I say? I didn't know that she was nasty." He added he didn't know Markle might not be meeting with him during his visit, but that despite all that, he thinks she'll make a "very good" American princess and he wishes her well. "I am sure she will do excellently," he said. "I hope she does [succeed]." Trump also hopes his four adult children, whom he's bringing with him on the trip, will get to meet Prince William and Prince Harry. "I think my children will be meeting them," he said. "It would be nice." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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