his week, President Trump sat down for a wide-ranging interview with conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham, in which he discussed the ongoing situation in Iran and his impending impeachment trial.
During their conversation, he also weighed in on Harry and Meghan’s recent decision to step back from their senior positions within the royal family, expressing his sympathy for Queen Elizabeth.
“I think it’s sad—I do. I think it’s sad. She’s a great woman. She’s never made a mistake, if you look, I mean, she’s had like a flawless time,” he says in a clip from the interview, which will air on Fox this evening.
“I don’t want to get into the whole thing, but I just have such respect for the Queen. I don’t think this should be happening to her.”
It’s no secret that Trump is fond of the 93-year-old British monarch, but the U.S. President also has a long history of controversial interactions with the British royal family—and more specifically with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Notably, long before marrying Prince Harry (and adhering to the royal family’s requirement of political neutrality), Meghan called Trump “misogynistic” and said she would consider staying in Canada if he won the 2016 election.
(The Sussexes’ shocking statement earlier this week outlined their plans to split time moving forward between the U.K. and North America. At this point, it is unconfirmed if that means Canada or the United States, or some combination of both countries.)
During his 2019 State Visit to the U.K., Trump also referred to the Duchess of Sussex as “nasty” in an interview with the British publication, the Sun.
Laura Ingraham’s interview with the President airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.