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Trump empathizes with Queen Elizabeth II after Harry and Meghan's royal exit

President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE expressed empathy for Queen Elizabeth II after Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Many Americans cannot sleep — and the pandemic makes it worse Elton John credits Zoom AA meetings as a 'lifesaver' during pandemic MORE announced they will spend less time on their royal duties.

“I think it’s sad. I really do,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamFox News to revamp daytime programming, replace 7 pm news hour with opinion show Sacking the Capitol proves free speech is in trouble FBI: No evidence antifa involved in Capitol riot MORE set to air Friday. “She’s a great woman.”

“She’s never made a mistake if you look. She’s had, like, a flawless time,” he added. “I just have such respect for the queen. I don’t think this should be happening to her.”  

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Prince Harry and Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, were thrust into international headlines this week when they announced they will step back from the royal family and balance their time between North America and the U.K. as they raise their 8-month-old son Archie and launch a new “charitable entity.” 

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they wrote in an Instagram post.  

Media reports indicated that Prince Harry and Markle had failed to clear their decision with Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace said that “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” in a statement issued following the announcement. 

The couple has faced the punishing glare of the British tabloids since their marriage in 2018, filing a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers for publishing portions of a private letter Markle had written.