While Anglophiles throughout the world were thrilled on Monday with the news that the American actress Meghan Markle will wed Prince Harry next year, her negative comments about Donald Trump may prove to be a problem for the British royals to whom she will be connected. While members of the British royal family normally remain impartial in political contests, Markle was outspoken in her support of Hillary Clinton during the presidential race last year. 

In May 2016, Markle was asked by comedian Larry Wilmore on his talk show about the momentum then building for Trump’s presidential campaign. Best known for her turn on The Suits television series, Markle said,“It's really the moment that I go, we film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada. I mean come on, if that's reality we are talking about, come on, that is a game changer in terms of how we move in the world here.”

When Markle (34) was asked if she thought Trump was divisive, she answered: ”Yes of course Trump is divisive. Think about just female voters alone. I think it was in 2012, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That's a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is and so vocal about it, that's a huge chunk of it.”

Expressing the opinion often common among women who vote for Democrat party candidates, the young Markle said, “You're not just voting for a woman if it's Hillary 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.”

Officials at Kensington Palace, where Markle and her prince now reside, have dismissed claims that the prince has been privately critical of President Trump. Prince Harry met First Lady Melania Trump in September at the Invictus Games for wounded veterans that was held in Toronto. Reportedly, Mrs. Trump told the prince that he is welcome to visit the White House any time.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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