Trump is a pretty busy guy these days. What with the ongoing pandemic, a destructive wave of wildfires challenging the West, and protests in many of the country’s urban hotspots, there’s certainly no shortage of issues for our nation’s figurehead to contemplate. There is one concern, however, that most of us didn’t quite see coming — new remarks geared towards Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
I’ve watched The Crown, and I would agree that the royal family is about as fascinating an entity as it gets. However, I was unaware that President Trump was similarly preoccupied with the comings and goings of our favorite British bloodline.
September 22 was National Voter Registration Day, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just two of the slew of public figures to take the opportunity to encourage Americans to get out and vote this November. In collaboration with TIME 100, the pair released a video asking voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity.” Markle even noted that this election will be “the most important of our lifetime.” No member of the royal family has ever cast a vote in the public eye, and so Markle’s doing so later this fall will be a major first for the institution.
The press has largely reduced Meghan and Harry’s remarks to an indirect endorsement of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, which didn’t sit quite right with the President. Needless to say, Trump was less than thrilled by the couple’s message, mentioning that he is “not a fan” of the Duchess. “I wish a lot of luck to Harry,” he said.
This tension isn’t exactly new, however. Back in 2016, Markle referred to President Trump as “misogynistic,” to which he responded by declaring her “nasty” in 2019. (He later clarified, saying, “I wasn’t referring to her as ‘she’s nasty’ — I said she was nasty about me.”) Regardless of attempts to save face, it is evident that the relationship is not entirely without strain. Upon the couple’s decision to reside in California, the President made it very clear that he had no intention of their security expenses coming out of the federal budget.
I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
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