Piers Morgan calls Meghan's absence during Trump state visit 'shameful'

Duchess of Sussex, Piers Morgan and Donald Trump [Photos: PA]

Piers Morgan has dubbed the Duchess of Sussex's absence during President Donald Trump's state visit last week a "shameful failure of her royal duty."

His scathing comments come after Meghan, 37, made her first public appearance since having son Archie at Trooping the Colour on Saturday, to mark the Queen's official birthday.

Her husband Harry, 34, attended a private lunch with Mr and Mrs Trump during their three-day visit, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were present at the state banquet.

"She's the only American in the British royal family, and the leader of HER country was here in her adopted country as a guest of Her Majesty the Queen," the presenter wrote in his column for Mail Online.

Harry hung back as the Queen showed President Donald Trump around the gallery (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"So call me suspicious, but I don't think her absence from Trump's visit had anything to do with her baby, and everything to do with her dislike of her President," he added.

The duchess gave birth to son Archie on May 6, 2019 and has been enjoying the first few weeks of motherhood quietly at home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

In the lead-up to Trump's state visit, he found out that Meghan had described him as "misogynistic" and joked that she might stay in Canada (she was filming 'Suits' in Toronto at the time) if he was elected.

On learning about her comments, Donald Trump said: "I didn't know she was nasty."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
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The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
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The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
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Ce samedi 8 juin 2019 se déroule la parade Trooping the Colour à Londres. Lors de cet événement très attendu et très scruté, une chose frappe l'attention : l'absence du prince William aux côtés de Kate Middleton, du prince Harry et de Meghan Markle.
Soldiers march to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Morgan was then granted an interview with the president during his visit and asked him if he thought Meghan was 'nasty' or not. Trump contested that he thinks she is "very nice" and is "doing a good job".

"They said some of the things that she said and It's actually on tape," he told Morgan.

"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."

Morgan argues that Meghan should have put her duty above her feelings: "Well, I've got news for you Ms Markle: you're in the firm now, and that means doing your duty when it is required."

He added that the Queen has "hosted all manner of ghastly people on state visits to the UK," including Vladimir Putin and Robert Mugabe, but "she understood that her personal feelings were of secondary important to the national interest of her country."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex rides in an open carriage with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during Trooping the Colour in London on June 08, 2019.  This was her first public engagement since the birth of her son Archie.

It's understood that the Duchess of Sussex will not resume her royal duties until autumn at least, mirroring the maternity leave of that of her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge.

Mum-of-three Kate took six months off after having Prince Louis last April and while she was present at Meghan and Harry's wedding, Trooping the Colour and Wimbledon, she did not carry out public duties in an official capacity.

While Trooping the Colour is a public event, a royal source told Town & Country magazine that it is very much a "family moment."

Indeed it is one of those rare occasions when most of the Queen's extended family as well as her immediate, join her on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and the public are also given a glimpse of the youngest members of the family.

Royal fans have also hit back at Morgan's comments on Twitter.

Zaithwa M tweeted: "Royal duty is work, going to your husband's grandma's birthday surely is not [sic]."

Darren Bovill added: "How dare Meghan Markle have a baby and spend time with her new born....[sic]"

This week, Harry will attend the Sentebale Audi concert to raise money for the charity, which supports children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.

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(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. - The Queen hosted a reception to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the investiture of Britain's Prince Charles, her son, as the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales aged 9 on July 26th 1958 and was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty The Queen on July 1st 1969 at Caernarfon Castle. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) talks with Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read AARON CHOWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 1O: Queen Elizabeth ll and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - (L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II pose for a picture during the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2018 at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by John Stillwell / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) talks with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex before the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2018 at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by John Stillwell / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
International didgeridoo player William Barton performs during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019, as members of the Royal Family, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge,, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, listen. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II (accompanied by Samantha Cohen) attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNESS, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widness, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WIDNESS, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widness, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to the Storyhouse in Chester, Cheshire on June 14, 2018. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHIL NOBLE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. The Queen's Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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