Donald Trump clarifies 'nasty' remark about Duchess of Sussex

US President Donald Trump has clarified his remarks about the Duchess of Sussex after it was widely reported that he had called her nasty.

In a recent interview with the Sun newspaper, Mr Trump said he was unaware that Meghan had previously suggested she would leave the US if he won the 2016 presidential election, adding: "I didn't know that she was nasty."

Meghan has been a vocal critic of the US president in the past and backed his political rival Hillary Clinton.

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The US leader told ITV's Good Morning Britain during his state visit to the UK that he was saying in the interview that he had not known that Meghan had been nasty about him.

He told presenter Piers Morgan during an interview in the Churchill War Rooms: "They said some of the things that she said and It's actually on tape.

"And I said: 'Well, I didn't know she was nasty'. I wasn't referring to she's nasty. I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn't know she was nasty about me."

He added: "You know what? She's doing a good job, I hope she enjoys her life... I think she's very nice."

The Duchess of Sussex is missing the ceremonies surrounding Donald Trump after giving birth to baby Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

LA-born Meghan will not be present during the President's state visit after giving birth to her son Archie almost four weeks ago.

Mr Trump added that her husband, the Duke of Sussex, "couldn't have been nicer" when they met on Monday.

He said he congratulated Harry, who recently became a father, calling him a "terrific guy".

Asked about rumours that the prince did not want to speak to him, he said: "No, no, no, just the opposite.

"In fact, he spent a lot of time talking to Ivanka and talking to my family.

"I went up – he couldn't have been nicer. Couldn't have been nicer... I think he's great."

Mr Trump also spoke about the NHS, post Brexit trade deals and Jeremy Corbyn during the interview, which will be shown from 6am on Wednesday.