Trump says Duchess of Sussex is taking press coverage ‘very personally’

Donald Trump has said the Duchess of Sussex is taking press coverage "very, very personally" and suggested "you have to be a little bit different than that".

The US President lavished praise on the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Meghan's husband the Duke of Sussex during a wide-ranging radio interview.

Mr Trump, who was treated to the pomp and pageantry of a state visit earlier this year, said the Royal Family are "really special people".

In the interview with Nigel Farage on LBC, he was asked about Meghan in light of the duchess having recently spoken about the difficulties she has faced over the past year as a royal.

Mr Trump was asked by Mr Farage if he feels sorry for Meghan "given what the press are saying about her", and the President said: "Well I've been watching her interviews, and I've seen it and she's taking it very personally.

"I guess you have to be a little bit different than that. But she takes it very, very personally, and I can understand it.

"But I don't know her. I will say I met Harry. He's great. I met him when I was over."

Meghan appeared alongside Harry in the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, where she described her past year as a member of the Royal Family as "hard".

She said she tried to cope with the pressures of her new life since marrying Harry in May 2018 by putting on a "stiff upper lip".

But she said she was not prepared for the intensity of the tabloid interest.

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

On the eve of his state visit to the UK, Mr Trump denied calling the duchess "nasty".

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex accompanied by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship at the High Commissioner’s Residence during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Range Rovers with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Tshepo Motsepe at the Presidential Official Residence on day ten of their tour in Africa on October 2, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, jewellery detail, accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship at the High Commissioner’s Residence during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship at the High Commissioner’s Residence during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Creative Industries and Business Reception at the British High Commissioners residence to meet with representatives of the British and South African business communities, including local youth entrepreneurs, on day ten of their tour in Africa on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has ben converted to black and white) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit to South Africa. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
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Before the 2016 presidential election Meghan suggested she would leave the US if the former reality TV star Mr Trump won.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Mr Trump claimed he was unaware of Meghan's comments and said: "I didn't know that. What can I say?

"I didn't know that she was nasty."

But in a tweet, the president denied making the comment, saying: "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty'. Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!"

In his LBC interview, broadcast on Thursday evening, Mr Trump said of the Queen and her son: "She's a great woman. I say that very seldom. I don't say that often, I have to say, about anybody.

"But she is really very outstanding, and Prince Charles, so good, so good. He loves the environment. He loves your country so much. We had a great time, we'll get together. Really special people."

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US-Präsident Donald Trump und First Lady Melania Trump feiern Halloween im Weißen Haus (Bild: imago images/UPI Photo)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to a child in advance of Halloween at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Guests arrive as U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to schoolchildren in advance of Halloween at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to schoolchildren in advance of Halloween at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
A child carries boxes of chocolate handed out by U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump during a Halloween event at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019 REUTERS/Tom Brenner
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to schoolchildren in advance of Halloween at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, give candy to children during a Halloween trick-or-treat event at the White House, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump give candy to children during a Halloween trick-or-treat event at the White House, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Decorations are seen during a Halloween at the White House event October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Decorations are seen during a Halloween at the White House event October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Decorations are seen during a Halloween at the White House event October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to trick-or-treaters during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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