Without directly saying it, President Donald Trump hinted in an interview Friday that he disapproves of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to ditch the Royal Family and set out on a new “progressive” life.
“I think it’s sad,” he said when asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham about any advice he may have for Queen Elizabeth, who’s been tasked with drafting up a #Megexit deal for the “rogue royals,” as the host described them.
“I do. I think it’s sad. She’s a great woman. She’s never made a mistake if you look. I mean, she’s had like a flawless time.”
When the FNC host then asked the president whether he believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should just scrap their plans and cool it, he again avoided directly answering but certainly suggested that the real answer is indeed yes.
“I don’t want to go into the whole thing. I just have such respect for the queen. I don’t think this should be happening to her,” he said.
But whether or not Queen Elizabeth is actually upset by their departure is another matter altogether. Though their departure is certainly bad PR-wise, the truth remains that she reportedly hasn’t been on friendly terms with Markle since day one.
In fact, when she delivered her annual Christmas speech last month — which she always does while seated behind a table with pictures of the royals — she did so without including pictures of Harry, Markle and their son, Archie.
— Emily Finn (@EmilyRoseFinn) December 25, 2019
While the queen may not necessarily be upset over their departure (though this is just a theory), she and other senior royals were reportedly “hurt” and “devastated” by the backhanded way in which they announced their exit to the world.
“According to senior palace sources the Queen was not informed of Harry and Meghan’s decision to announce via their new website that they are quitting their royal roles and leaving the UK,” Vanity Fair has confirmed.
“Her Majesty, Prince Charles, and Prince William are all understood to have found out about the statement when it broke on social media and via TV news.”
She’d reportedly been aware of their plans and had in fact been negotiating their exit with them. But then on Wednesday, they just bypassed everything by suddenly launching their own website and announcing their departure through it, sans a formal agreement.
— Sunay Y (@BroSunay) January 10, 2020
“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” a statement on the site reads.
“‘We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
It was an unprecedented move, though not atypical to Markle …
She has a history of backhandedness.
As her relationship with Prince Harry heated up in 2017, Markle, who was born in the U.S., relocated from her home at the time in Canada to the U.K. A year later she married Harry, thus becoming a princess.
At the time, the president’s daughter Ivanka congratulated the two:
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 15, 2017
She did so despite Markle having trashed her own father a year earlier.
“Yes, of course Trump is divisive,” she said during an appearance on Comedy Central. “Think about just female voters alone. I mean, like, I think it was in 2012, like, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number.”
“And with as misogynistic as Trump is and so vocal about it, that’s a huge chunk about it. You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.”
Upon learning about these remarks last summer, the president described them as “nasty,” thus setting off a media firestorm of false allegations that he’d referred to Markle herself as “nasty.”
“She was nasty to me, and that’s OK for her to be nasty,” he later reiterated. “It’s not good for me to be nasty to her, and I wasn’t.”
And he hasn’t been.
In an interview with Piers Morgan in early 2018, he described the rogue royals as a “lovely couple” and wished them the best.
“I want them to be happy, I really want them to be happy,” he said.
It does not appear that the me-, me-, me-focused princess wishes the same for him, the queen or really anybody else who’s not named Meghan Markle.
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