Donald Trump has denied calling Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, ‘nasty’ in a recent interview despite the audio file being released to the public.
The President of the United States, who landed in the UK this morning to begin his official state visit, spoke about Meghan during an interview published by The Sun newspaper, and the publication later shared the recording to prove their reporting was accurate.
Before becoming a part of the royal family, Meghan was a vocal critic of Trump, calling him ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’ during an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
During the interview, Trump was asked what he thought about Meghan’s previous comments about him. The Sun‘s political editor, Tom Newton-Dunn asks: ‘[Meghan] can’t make it because she’s got maternity leave. Are you sorry not to see her? Because she wasn’t so nice about you during the campaign. I don’t know if you saw that.’
Trump replied: ‘I didn’t know that, no. I didn’t know that. No, I hope she’s OK. I did not know that, no.’
The interviewer continued: ‘She said she’d move to Canada if you got elected. It turned out she moved to Britain.’
Trump said: ‘A lot of people moving here, so what can I say? No, I didn’t know that she was nasty.’
He went on to say that he thought it was ‘nice’ to have an American princess and that she would do ‘excellently’.
‘She will be very good, she will be very good,’ he said. ‘I hope she does.’
However, following the news story by The Sun, he took to Twitter to deny any wrongdoing, tweeting: ‘I never called Meghan Markle “nasty.” Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!’
The Duchess will not be meeting him during his state visit to the UK, as she is still on maternity leave after giving birth to her first child, Archie, three weeks ago.