Donald Trump denied calling Meghan Markle 'nasty' and said reports on his recorded interview are 'fake news'
- Donald Trump has denied calling Meghan Markle "nasty" in an audio recording of an interview he did with British tabloid The Sun.
- When informed by the interviewer that during his presidential campaign, Markle said she would "move to Canada" if he was elected, Trump can be heard responding: "I didn't know she was nasty."
- However, Trump has since said that these comments were "made up by the Fake News Media".
- The US president will be meeting the Queen and other members of the royal family during his state visit on Monday.
- Markle, who is on maternity leave, will reportedly be absent from the meeting.
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Ahead of his state visit to the UK on Monday, the US president gave an interview to British newspaper The Sun, where it was brought up that Markle was planning to skip meeting Trump along with other members of the royal family.
The president and his wife, Melania Trump, are expected to meet with the Queen and other members of the royal family for a "private lunch" at Buckingham Palace after his arrival on Monday. Markle, who gave birth to her first child, Archie Harrison, last month, is on maternity leave and will reportedly be absent from the meeting.
When asked by The Sun's interviewer if Trump was aware that Markle "wasn't so nice" about him during his presidential campaign, he said: "I didn't know that, no. I didn't know that."
He then added: "I hope she is OK."
The interviewer went on: "She said she would move to Canada if you got elected. It turned out she moved to Britain."
Trump then replied: "There are a lot of people moving here, so what can I say? No, I didn't know she was nasty."
The audio recording of the interview was posted on the tabloid's website, but Trump has denied calling Markle "nasty" and branded such claims as "fake news".
"I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty.' Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold," he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
His sentiments towards Markle certainly weren't all bad.
When asked if it was good having "an American princess," Trump said he thought "she will do excellently".
The duchess was critical of Trump during a 2016 appearance on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," calling him "divisive" and "misogynistic."
"It's really the moment I go 'we film "Suits" in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada,'" Markle 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's a huge chunk of it."
She said she supported Hillary Clinton not "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."
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