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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE expressed empathy for Queen Elizabeth II after Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleMegxit, Trump and the generational divide Prince Harry blames 'powerful' media for stepping away from royals Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles, no longer receive money from royal family 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 IngrahamTrump holds White House 'celebration' for impeachment acquittal Fox's Laura Ingraham calls on Romney to resign: 'Ultimate selfish, preening, self-centered' politician Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator 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.