LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said Britains Prince Harry was a terrific guy and denied casting his American-born wife, Meghan, as a nasty person, claiming media had distorted his words as he actually felt she was very nice.
FILE PHOTO: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand, at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand October 29, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
He also said he had a long discussion about climate change with heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, although Trump suggested he did not believe the Earth is getting hotter, but that “it changes both ways”.
Trump is on a pomp-laden state visit to Britain and has been feted by the royal family and Britains political elite. Trump met Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles on Monday and was treated to a banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, married Charless younger son Harry last year and gave birth to their first child, Archie, last month. She criticised Trump during his 2016 election campaign as misogynistic and divisive.
Before arriving in Britain, Trump, on being told of Meghans criticism of him by The Sun newspaper, said: “I didnt know that. What can I say? I didnt know that she was nasty.” But he also wished her well in her new life as a British royal.
Speaking to ITV in an interview aired on Wednesday, Trump clarified the comments saying that he had been referring specifically to Meghan being nasty to him and that he thought she was very nice.
“I said: well I didnt know she was nasty – I wasnt referring to shes nasty, I said she was nasty about me,” Trump told ITV. “And essentially, I didnt know she was nasty about me. So I said but you know what: shes doing a good job – I hope she enjoys her life.
“I think she is very nice. Honestly I dont know her. So I have to be honest – I dont know her,” Trump told ITV. “She was nasty to me. And thats OK for her to be nasty. Its not good for me to be nasty to her and I wasnt.”
Trump said that he had met Prince Harry during the visit: “I did. I did. I congratulated him and I think hes a terrific guy. The royal family is really nice.”
“I think he is great,” Trump said of Harry.
During the visit, Trump had tea with Charles, who has campaigned for years to raise awareness about the destruction of the environment and the impact of climate change.
“We were going to have a 15-minute chat and it turned out to be an hour-and-a-half and he did most of the talking – and he is really into climate change and I think thats great,” Trump said. “I totally listened to him. And he also talked about architecture.
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