‘I didn’t know she was nasty’: Trump is shocked to learn of Meghan Markle’s criticism and surprised to learn he will not meet her on UK state visit, but insists she is a ‘very good’ American princess
- Donald Trump expressed his surprise at comments made about him by Meghan
- President Trump said that the comments by the Duchess of Sussex were ‘nasty’
- However, he also said he believes Meghan will make a ‘great American Princess’
- New mother Meghan will not meet the Trumps as she is still on maternity leave
Donald Trump has slammed the Duchess of Sussex for ‘nasty’ comments she made about him in the past.
Meghan once referred to the president as ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’ and Mr Trump has said in an interview that he ‘had no idea’ about the comments and was surprised by them.
Speaking ahead of his visit to the UK on Monday, Mr Trump also said he didn’t know she wouldn’t be meeting with him.
However, the president still praised the new mother, saying that she would make a ‘very good American Princess’ and that he hopes she would ‘succeed’.
President Donald Trump has revealed his surprised at the ‘nasty’ comments made about him by the Duchess of Sussex
Officially, Meghan will be missing the state visit because she is on maternity leave with baby Archie, however sources claim her absence is to avoid a potentially awkward clash with the US president.
Meghan was a vocal supporter of Hilary Clinton and during a 2016 interview, said that ‘you don’t want to live in the kind of world that he [Trump] is painting’.
Speaking about the Duchess’ comments to the Sun, President Trump said: ‘I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.’
However, he later added that he was glad to see her as part of the royal family, saying: ‘It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently. She will be very good. I hope she does (succeed).’
Meghan looks set to miss the state visit as she is still on maternity leave following the birth of baby Archie
President Trump also revealed that he was looking forward to meeting the Queen, describing it as a great honour.
He added that he would be willing to discuss climate change with Prince Charles and defended his decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement last year.
Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and even Prince Andrew will spend time with the US President during his three-day visit.
A private lunch on Monday will see the Queen and Prince Harry meet the president, but the Duchess of Sussex will stay at home with baby Archie.
President Trump revealed how he was looking forward to meeting the Queen again on his state visit (pictured with the Queen in 2018)
After this, Mr and Mrs Trump, accompanied by Prince Andrew, will visit Westminster Abbey, where the President will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
They will then be taken on a short tour of the Abbey.
The day will continue with the President and First Lady joining The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.
In the evening, The Queen will host a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace and both Her Majesty and the President will make speeches.
The following morning, the President and Theresa May will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by The Duke of York, at St James’s Palace, with senior UK and US business leaders.
Mr Trump is reportedly bringing his grown up children with him when he visits the UK – daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisers to the President, along with her siblings Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump.
Trumps to be welcomed with mass gun salutes on their London arrival
British soldiers will honour the state visit of Donald Trump and his wife Melania with two 41-gun salutes in London timed to fire at the exact moment the President arrives.
As the UK rolls out the red carpet, the US President and the First Lady will be given a formal ceremonial welcome involving a Guard of Honour by Nijmegen Company of the Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace.
The Royal gun salutes – fired only on special occasions including state visits – will be followed by a further 41-gun salute in nearby Green Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
Then there will be a further 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.
The second salute is to commemorate the anniversary of the coronation of the Queen which falls on Sunday 2nd June.
But it will be marked coincidentally also on Monday – the first day of Mr Trump’s three-day visit to Britain – as gun salutes are never fired on Sundays.
In total, London will witness 185 guns fired for the two special events.
Before the arrival of the soldiers, horses and guns, the Royal Artillery Band will play a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position.
Seventy one horses pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns will then dramatically come into action to place them into position for the double salute.
On the word of command each of the six guns will fire blank artillery rounds at ten-second intervals until eighty two shots have been fired.
The horses and riders will then collect the guns and escort them back to Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘The UK and US have a special relationship that benefits us both.
‘We do more together than any two nations in the world and we cooperate across the board on a wide range of hugely important issues.
‘As close allies in NATO, permanent members of the UN Security Council and leading nuclear powers, that cooperation is vital to international peace and security.’