Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was a no-show at the Buckingham Palace banquet for President Trump’s state visit to England on Monday, after the president called the former American actress “nasty” in an interview with a British newspaper.
Markle, who is married to Prince Harry, is on maternity leave after giving birth to their first child, Archie, earlier in May.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, was in attendance at the banquet as were Trump’s adult children.
The American-born Markle also missed a royal luncheon at the palace with Trump and first lady Melania Trump earlier Monday – although Harry attended.
It’s unclear if Harry attended the banquet, and his name did not appear on a list of attendees.
In an interview with The Sun published on Saturday, Trump was asked about Markle referring to him as “misogynistic” and “divisive” and her claim that she would move to Canada if he was elected president in 2016.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” he said, according to the newspaper.
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