3 controversial statements Donald Trump has made about the royal family
- President Donald Trump is known for making outrageous statements and claims.
- He reportedly leaked false information to the press in the 1980s and 1990s about members of the British royal family staying at or purchasing his properties.
- Trump blamed Kate Middleton for sunbathing topless when paparazzi secretly photographed her.
- He was heard calling Meghan Markle "nasty" in a recorded interview with The Sun (though Trump denies this claim).
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President Donald Trump is known for making outrageous statements and claims. According to The Washington Post's The Fact Checker database, Trump has made over 10,000 false or misleading claims throughout the duration of his presidency. He is also known to attack his critics personally, giving them derogatory nicknames.
Here are three times Trump made less-than-flattering statements about royals.
Trump reportedly leaked false information to the press in the 1980s and 1990s about royals staying at his properties
False claims appeared in New York tabloids and national publications between 1981 and 1995 stating that members of the royal family were purchasing Trump properties, according to a review by CNN's KFile team of archival papers, audio, and books about Trump. Buckingham Palace denied the rumors at the time, but they still triggered major publicity for Trump and his properties.
One such story, published in the New York Post in 1993, said that Princess Diana "may be building a $5M 'palace' at Trump Tower," a claim that was denied by Buckingham Palace. The article acknowledged that the rumour was "maybe started by the Trump Organisation".
Trump stood by the rumour, telling Howard Stern on his talk show that she was looking into buying a Trump Tower property and added, "She is really hot. She has gained 20-25 pounds, she looks great ... there could be a love interest. I'd become King of England."
He blamed Kate Middleton on Twitter in 2012 for sunbathing topless after paparazzi secretly photographed her
In 2012, the French magazine Closer published photos of Middleton sunbathing topless on the terrace of a secluded villa belonging to Queen Elizabeth's nephew, Viscount Linley.
Photographers invaded the duchess' privacy, but Trump said Middleton had "only herself to blame" in a series of tweets.
Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012
Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012
Closer was ordered to pay $112,760 in damages after the duke and duchess won a lawsuit against them in 2017.
Trump reportedly called Meghan Markle 'nasty' in a recent interview
In an interview with The Sun before Trump's second visit to the UK, the outlet brought up Meghan Markle's past criticism of Trump. Markle called Trump "misogynistic" and said that he "made it easy to see that you don't really want that kind of world that he's painting" on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" in 2016.
"She said she would move to Canada if you got elected," the interviewer said. "It turned out she moved to Britain."
"There are a lot of people moving here, so what can I say? No, I didn't know she was nasty," Trump reportedly said.
Prince Harry appeared to avoid interacting with Trump at Buckingham Palace.
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