President Donald Trump took aim at Meghan Markle last night when Daily Mail U.S. political reporter Nikki Schwab asked Trump about Meghan and Prince Harry’s voting comments during the couple’s Time 100 special appearance. Schwab misrepresented them slightly, suggesting Meghan not-so subtly endorsed Joe Biden. (Meghan did not endorse any candidate nor has she campaigned for any in this election. She has, in the past, spoken about her dislike of Trump, calling him “divisive” and “misogynistic” during the 2016 election. That was before she was part of the royal family and was just an actress on Suits.)
Schwab asked Trump, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chimed in on the U.S. election and essentially encouraged people to vote for Joe Biden. I wanted to get your reaction to that?”
Trump responded, “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, cause he’s gonna need it.”
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Meghan and Harry encouraged Americans to register to vote during the Time 100 special. They did not mention any candidate by name.
Meghan said, “Now we’re just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that ‘this is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”
Harry added, “This election, I’m not going to be able to vote here in the U.S., but many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life,” referring to the royal family’s need to stay apolitical. (While they are not banned in writing legally from voting, they are expected not to.) “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
“So as we work to re-imagine the world around us, let’s challenge ourselves to build communities of compassion,” Meghan continued.
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This isn’t the first time Trump has publicly attacked Meghan this year. When Harry and Meghan moved to Los Angeles in the spring, Trump tweeted on March 30, “I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”
Meghan and Harry’s rep released a statement after Trump’s tweet, saying, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”
Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand shared what Meghan’s private reaction was to Trump’s tweet in their book Finding Freedom. Scobie and Durand wrote that “Meghan’s response to the president’s tweet was to roll her eyes. The Sussexes had never asked the US government for support and had always planned to cover their own security costs after March 30. They quickly fired back through a statement of their own”—the statement above.
Before Meghan joined the royal family, she spoke candidly about her views on Trump during a 2016 interview on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
“It’s really the moment I go; we film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada,” she said. “Yes, of course, Trump is divisive, think about female voters alone, right? I think it was in 2012 the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points; that is a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it.”
In June 2019, when Trump was visiting the UK, he called Meghan “nasty” when learning about Meghan’s 2016 remark about him.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” Trump told The Sun, before doing a little damage control, adding that he believed she would make a “very good” American princess.
“It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he said. “She will be very good. I hope she does [succeed].”
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