On March 14, 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles with their son Archie, as the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the country into quarantine for months. Despite President Donald Trump having much bigger things to focus on, like the pandemic, he took a moment to tweet from his personal account that the U.S. would not pay for their security. Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's new book Finding Freedom details how Meghan privately reacted when she heard about Trump's tweet.
For context, Trump tweeted on March 30, "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!"
Meghan and Harry's rep released a statement after Trump's tweet, saying, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made,” says a Sussex representative. https://t.co/eRgOKunfoU
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 29, 2020
And privately, Meghan was not amused, although she didn't let Trump's tweet bother her too deeply. Scobie and Durand write that "Meghan’s response to the president’s tweet was to roll her eyes. The Sussexes had never asked the US government for support and had always planned to cover their own security costs after March 30. They quickly fired back through a statement of their own," the statement above.
Before Meghan joined the royal family, she was open about how much she disliked Trump. During a 2016 interview on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Meghan, who strongly supported Trump's 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton, spoke about him and how "divisive" and "misogynistic" he is.
“It’s really the moment I go; we film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada,” she 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 is a huge chunk of it.”
In June 2019, when Trump was visiting the UK, he called Meghan "nasty" when learning about her 2016 remarks about him during an interview with The Sun.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” Trump replied, before attempting to not totally offend the royal family, adding that he believed she would make a “very good” American princess.
“It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he said. “She will be very good. I hope she does [succeed].”
Meghan did not reply to that, of course.
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