Former President Donald Trump conveyed on Wednesday his eagerness to engage in a debate with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and spouse of Prince Harry of the United Kingdom.
Trump, currently the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, has consistently ridiculed Markle and Harry for their decision to step back from their royal responsibilities and their ensuing disagreements with the British royal family.
“I’ll, I’d love to debate her. I would love it. I disagree so much,” Trump said, suggesting that his interlocutor Hugh Hewitt orchestrate the event. This proposition from Trump came after Hewitt inquired if he would consider such a debate for the sake of television ratings, drawing a parallel to the famed “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in 1973, which garnered the attention of 90 million viewers.
Trump’s criticism of Markle extended to her interactions with the royal family, especially the late Queen Elizabeth II.
“I didn’t like the way she dealt with the Queen. I became very friendly with the Queen. She was an incredible woman. … But they treated her with great disrespect, and I didn’t like it,” Trump said.
Following a publicized disagreement with the royal family, Markle and Harry relocated to Montecito, California, in June 2020. Harry pointed fingers at his father, now King Charles III, and the British tabloid media, accusing them of overlooking his concerns and targeting his wife. The duo distanced themselves from the royal household, making allegations against the royal family on various platforms, notably in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and in Harry’s memoir titled “Spare.”
The couple has not shied away from expressing their progressive political views. Despite Americans’ longstanding disdain for the opinions of British royalty on the subject of U.S. politics, the couple notably criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, labeling it a “global assault on democracy and freedom.”
Trump further expressed his discontent regarding the couple’s security arrangements in the U.S.
“I didn’t like the idea that they were getting U.S. security when they came over here,” he remarked. While representing the British monarchy, Harry benefited from a U.S. government security detail during his visits to the United States. However, both he and Markle currently finance their private security in California.
Hewitt, seizing the moment, hinted at the potential viewership such a debate might attract. Yet, as of now, Buckingham Palace and the office of the Duke of Sussex have not responded to the 45th president’s enthusiasm for a debate with the B-list starlet.
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