Piers Morgan, former CNN host and current “Good Morning Britain” anchor, blasted Meghan Markle for not making an appearance during President Donald Trump’s state visit.
Last week, Trump was in the U.K. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. You can read more about the visit here.
What did Morgan say?
In a lengthy editorial published on the Daily Mail, Morgan said that it was highly inappropriate for Markle, an American-born entertainer who married Prince Harry in 2018, to avoid Trump during the state visit.
“Where was Meghan Markle?” Morgan wrote. “That’s the question nobody seems to want to ask after President Donald Trump’s week-long state visit to the U.K.”
“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,” Morgan continued. “Yet as virtually every other senior royal, including her husband Prince Harry, was seen on parade to welcome President Trump, there was no sign at all of the Duchess of Sussex.”
Morgan went on to point out that Markle, who gave birth to a child in May, purportedly remained at her home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, and said that she opted to remain home with the couple’s child.
“[T]he moment Trump had gone, Meghan suddenly popped up at the Trooping of the Colour, in an open-top carriage, looking in radiant good health and with a permanently beaming grin,” he continued.
“[C]all 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 the president,” the commentator added, calling it “unacceptable” and “not part of the deal.”
He continued, “Royal events don’t get a lot bigger than a state visit by the President of the United States,” and pointed out that only three U.S. presidents have ever embarked on a state visit, including former President George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump.
“This was a very big deal for the royals and for the president,” Morgan wrote.
“[W]e all know why she did it — she hates Trump with a passion, and views him, as she once said on TV, as a ‘divisive misogynist,'” he went on. “[M]y firm guess is that she deliberately snubbed Trump because she was absolutely terrified of being photographed with him and looking like she may be enjoying his company — rather than clubbing him over the head with a giant hammer.”
Instead, Morgan wrote, Markle wasn’t just “giving the metaphorical bird to Trump,” but she also gave it to the queen.
He concluded, “As the only American among the royals, Meghan Markle should have been there to greet the President and his family on behalf of her fellow Americans.”
“By staying at home, then turning up all bright and cheerful the moment Trump left,” he countered, “she displayed a woefully selfish disregard for royal duty.”