Trump says he 'can understand' Meghan Markle and her struggles with media scrutiny

Trump says he 'can understand' Meghan Markle and her struggles with media scrutiny

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE said Thursday that he “can understand” Duchess of Sussex Meghan MarkleMeghan MarklePrince Harry and Meghan sign with speaking agency that represents Obamas The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Mark Takano says Congress must extend worker benefits expiring in July; WHO reports record spike in global cases Meghan Markle calls current events in US 'devastating' MORE and her struggles with being under intense media scrutiny.

During an interview on London-based radio station LBC, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage asked Trump if he felt sorry for Markle, who has said the press is “being really unfair.”

“I’ve been watching her interviews and I’ve seen it and she has been taking it very personally,” Trump said. “I guess you have to be a little bit different than that, but she takes it very, very personally. I can understand it.”

Trump, who has routinely criticized the media for coverage he deems unfair, added that he didn’t “know her” but had met the duchess’s husband, Prince Harry — who he called a “fine young man” — while on a state visit to the United Kingdom in June.

He added that “the whole family is terrific.”

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“We had something that was so incredible,” Trump told the radio station. “Now that was months ago — how time flies.”

Trump’s comments come after a clip from an ITV interview with Markle went viral, with the duchess tearfully explaining in the video the struggles she has faced as a new mom and during her pregnancy while under intense media scrutiny.

“Look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging … and especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot,” she said.

Prince Harry and Markle have also announced that they are filing a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, which owns The Mail on Sunday, earlier this month after the British tabloid allegedly published portions of a private letter written by Markle.