A member of the Trump family is not a fan of Meghan Markle. When Markle married Prince Harry and eventually brought the Duke of Sussex back to California with him, Donald Trump wasn’t happy about the royals relocating to American soil. “The US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” the then-president tweeted in March 2020 (via Variety). This prompted the Sussexes to issue a statement saying they were “seeing their own safety,” according to BBC News.
A year later, the ex-president spoke to British TV presenter Nigel Farage about Markle and hinted that Harry made a mistake in marrying her. “I think Harry was used terribly and I think one day he’s going to regret it,” Trump said (via The Times). The man accused of inciting a riot also complained, “She’s trying to do things that I find very inappropriate,” in reference to Markle reaching out to members of Congress for support for Paid to receive parental leave.
Trump continued his anti-Markle campaign when he appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored. Piers Morgan also disapproves of Markle, which is why he was more than happy to let the former Celebrity Apprentice host have his say. “Poor Harry is being led around by his nose. And I think he’s embarrassing,” Trump said (via The US Sun). He also prophesied that the Sussexes’ marriage wouldn’t last, saying, “I predicted almost everything.” So, maybe he was predicting that Markle would be haunted by her admiration for one of his family members?
Meghan Markle thought Ivanka Trump was a true queen
In his book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, author Tom Bower reminds readers that Meghan Markle once showered Ivanka Trump with praise for her now-defunct blog, The Tig. “Stunningly beautiful, no question, but so incredibly accomplished and intelligent that not only has she carved a niche for herself among her father’s famous Trump celebrity, she has undoubtedly created her own empire,” Markle’s description of Ivanka reads, per page six. In the 2014 post, she also suggested having a few drinks with Ivanka.
Markle didn’t express the same appreciation for the man who helped Ivanka get started. When she appeared on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” in 2016, Markle called Donald Trump “misogynistic” and suggested his treatment of women could harm him with female voters. Meanwhile, Ivanka stood up for her father, using herself as an example of his record of supporting women when speaking at the W20 summit in 2017. Per Time, her speech was met with a chorus of boos.
While Markle wasn’t a supporter of her father, Ivanka still was congratulated her to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they announced their engagement in 2017. “I have no doubt that this couple will accomplish extraordinary things both individually and together,” she said tweeted. In an alternate universe where her father wasn’t running for president, Ivanka might have received an invitation to a royal wedding.