PRESIDENT Trump has expressed his surprise at comments made by the Duchess of Sussex about him when he was elected President in 2016.
The president said that ‘I didn’t know she was nasty’ after he was told that Meghan once called him as ‘misogynistic’ and ‘divisive’.
However, shortly after the comments Mr Trump heaped fulsome praise on the new mother, saying that she would make a ‘very good American Princess’ and that he hopes she will ‘succeed’.
His kind words for Meghan are a departure from his usual approach to critics, and he seemed keen to move past the Duchess of Sussex’s comments that were made to a US talks show in interview in 2016.
The President also says he ‘hopes she’s OK’ after giving birth to baby son Archie just weeks ago.
Speaking ahead of his visit to the UK on Monday, Mr Trump also said he had not realised Meghan would not be present among the Royals meeting him, who will include Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Harry.
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).’
During an interview with Larry Wilmore on the Nightly Show in 2016, Meghan said: ‘We film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada.
‘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 is a huge chunk of it.
‘You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary (Clinton). Yes you’re voting 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.’
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.