Prince Harry could be in trouble over saying give Trump ‘a chance’ to Meghan Markle’s father


Poor Thomas Markle. It seems like he keeps trying to make things right for his daughter, Meghan Markle.

But the 73-year-old keeps bungling it, including drawing his new son-in-law into a potential diplomatic controversy by repeating comments he said Prince Harry made to him about Brexit and about wanting to give President Donald Trump “a chance,” the Daily Mail reported.

In his first ever TV interview, Markle was again attempting to clear the air about the scandal over his staging paparazzi photos and his need to back out of walking his daughter down the aisle at her May 19 wedding to have heart surgery.

The retired Hollywood lighting designer’s interview with with Piers Morgan of “Good Morning Britain” started off well enough. Thomas Markle apologized for working with paparazzi to stage the photos; he said he hoped they would present a more positive image of himself to the world. Then he spoke emotionally about how sad he was that his health crisis forced him to not attend the wedding, where his daughter became the Duchess of Sussex and a member of the British royal family.

“I was very upset it wasn’t me, because the whole world was watching my daughter,” said Markle, who said he cried while watching the wedding on television while recovering from heart surgery. “The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle.”

But then Markle shared some details about phone conversations he had with Harry after the couple became engaged in November 2017. In addition to Thomas Markle giving Harry “permission” to marry his daughter, the future father- and son-in-law got acquainted by discussing a number of issues.

“He’s quite easy to talk to,” Thomas Markle said about Harry about their phone chats. The two have yet to meet in person.

“He’s a very comfortable person to talk to,” Markle added. “I wasn’t nervous. Ten thousand miles apart it’s hard to be nervous.”

CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, 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 Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) 

But that comfort led to some conversations about politics, which is tricky territory for Prince Harry, as the Daily Mail points out. Members of the royal family do not vote in elections and are expected to remain politically neutral — at least in public.

“Our conversations was I was complaining that I didn’t like Donald Trump, he said ‘give Donald Trump a chance,’” Thomas Markle said. “I sort of disagreed with that. … That was his politics, I have my politics.”

“I’ve always have a bad attitude about Donald Trump, and that’s never going to change,” Thomas Markle said. “My god, I have to apologize to the rest of the world for my President.”

“All Harry … actually said, because Trump was new, he said, ‘Give him a chance.’ I think Harry’s probably changed his mind by now. I certainly hope he has.”

When asked if he thought Harry was a Trump supporter, Markle replied, “I would hope not now, but at the time he might’ve been.”

Curiously, Prince Harry is widely known to be friends with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, Harry and Obama have made headlines with photos showing them looking friendly and appearing to enjoy “a bromance.”

Moreover, the Duchess of Sussex most definitely is not a Trump supporter — at least she wasn’t the spring of 2016. During an interview on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” the then-TV actress blasted Trump as a “misogynist” and said she wasn’t sure she wanted to live in the United States if he became president.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel through the west door after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel  after their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19 (Ben Birchall – WPA Pool/Getty Images) 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s likely views on Trump raised questions about whether they would be present to meet the U.S. president and first lady Melania Trump when they visit Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle next month.

Meanwhile, Harry also talked to Thomas Markle about Brexit — the U.K. leaving the European Union. Markle said: “It was just a loose conversation about something we have to try. There was no real commitment for it. I think he was open to the experiment.”

Kensington Palace refused to comment on what Prince Harry reportedly told his father-in-law, the Daily Mail Said. But news about Prince Harry expressing certain political views follows controversy from two years ago when Queen Elizabeth was being accused of backing Brexit in the E.U. referendum. Ahead of the vote, she reportedly told a political leader during a lunch at Windsor Castle that she thought Europe was going in the wrong direction, the Daily Mail said.

Prince Charles also has faced criticism for expressing views on a wide range of political issues over the years, including the environment, human rights legislation, health care, modern farming methods and the Iraq War. But Charles has insisted he has a right to share his views on issues of national importance with government ministers, the Daily Mail reported.



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