In perhaps wholly unsurprising news, Donald Trump has retaliated to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's urge to vote (and their plea to "reject hate speech") with... an insult.
Yesterday, we wrote about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's subtle shading of the US President in a new TIME 100 video, a list created by TIME magazine to honour the world’s most influential people. In the clip, the royals urged US citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential election - and subtly suggested where their allegiance lies (ahem, not with Trump). The couple made comments about rejecting "misinformation" and "hate speech" and described the vote as "the most important election of our lifetime".
He might be the President of the United States of America, but hot-headed Donald Trump wasn't about to sit back quietly and let the comments pass (even though, it's worth noting, neither Meghan nor Harry mentioned Trump by name at any point in the video).
Instead, when asked by a journalist what his response would be to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "essentially encouraging" people to vote for Joe Biden (again, this never actually happened, any message they gave was way more subtle than that), Donald Trump took a swipe - at Meghan alone.
So Donald Trump has responded to Harry & Meghan’s video about voting and “rejecting hate speech & misinformation”.— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 23, 2020
He doesn’t hold back: “I'm not a fan of hers ... but I wish a lot of luck to Harry, he's going to need it"
"I'm not a fan of hers," the President said bluntly. "I wish a lot of luck to Harry, because he's going to need it," he continued.
Wow. Don't hold back.
Of course, this type of response isn't entirely shocking from Donald Trump. He's known to rise and retaliate. And it's even less surprising that he only chose to insult Meghan - a woman - in all of this, and not Prince Harry, who was equally vocal in the video.
All I can think of now is back to the President's June 2019 state visit to the UK, when Prince Harry was pictured actively attempting to avoid being in any photos with Trump. The visit took place not long after Donald Trump described Meghan Markle as "nasty" in an interview, and while Prince Harry's then-royal duties meant he was required to walk round an exhibit of US artefacts from The Royal Collection with the President and his family, Harry lurked at the back of the room in a bid to avoid going anywhere near him. Lol.
We see your moves, Harry.
Hopefully by now, after numerous taunts from the President of her own country, Meghan Markle has developed a thick enough skin not to let it bother her. Just another day in Trump's America.
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