President Donald Trump slammed Meghan Markle from the White House podium after she and Prince Harry recorded a video message calling on Americans to vote, suggesting they support Democrat Joe Biden.
"I'm not a fan of her," Trump said on Wednesday in response to a question from DailyMail.com. "I wish Harry the best of luck because he's going to need it."
Harry and Meghan, who are now in an LA mansion as Election Day approaches after surrendering their royal titles, spoke out a few weeks before the November 3rd election, with Americans already voting in some states.
“As we approach this November, it is important that we avoid hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” Harry said. On a line that some UK and US observers immediately saw as a plug for Joe Biden and a blow to President Trump.
President Donald Trump knocked Meghan Markle off the podium at the White House Wednesday, telling DailyMail.com that he was "not a fan of her". "I wish Harry the best of luck because he's going to need it."
California-born Markle, 39, said, “We are six weeks from the election and today is voter registration day. Every four years we are told the same thing: "This is the most important choice of our life." But that's one. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. & # 39;
Previously, the president's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, attacked the couple.
"They made Britain great again by leaving. I hope they do the same for us," Lewandowski, now senior 2020 adviser to the Trump campaign, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday. in comments after Harry and Meghan's comments in a Time 100 video message caused waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller stated that he saw no such preference in Prince Harry's words.
"I suppose you're asking me about Joe Biden's account of hateful and divisive language, especially towards the African American community?" He responded when asked for comment by DailyMail.com.
Then he wrote: “I have read this as a legitimate criticism of Joe Biden's racist policies. He's the only person I know who spoke at a Klan member's funeral! & # 39; – A reference to Biden's laudatory speech to the late Senate Chairman Robert C. Byrd, who was a clan member in West Virginia in the 1940s but later apologized for what he called a "sad mistake".
"They made Britain great again by leaving. I hope they do the same for us," Corey Lewandowski, now senior 2020 adviser to the Trump campaign, told DailyMail.com
Markle told Marie Claire in August that she would vote. "I know what it's like to have a voice and what it's like to feel voiceless," she said. “I also know that so many men and women risked their lives so that we could be heard. And this opportunity, this fundamental right, lies in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to have all of our voices heard. & # 39;
Before he married Harry, but after Trump was elected, Markle called Trump "misogynist" and "divisive" in a television appearance.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle crossed a line by talking about the U.S. election and effectively telling Americans to vote against Trump, royal insiders believe.
The Duke of Sussex urged voters to "reject hate speech" while the Duchess described the presidential race as "the most important choice of our lives" when the couple urged Americans to vote.
In a Time 100 video message apparently filmed from their California home, Harry admitted he was not eligible to vote – adding that he had never voted in the UK either, where convention dictates that royals break away from the Keep away from politics.
While Harry and Meghan did not name their preferred candidate, many viewers found it "obvious" that they supported Joe Biden towards Donald Trump – although a source close to Harry denied it.
Royal experts told MailOnline that the couple should give up their titles and sever ties with the monarchy for good if they were to comment on US politics, while Times insiders told palace assistants would be concerned about their intervention.
MailOnline Editor-in-Chief Piers Morgan said: "Prince Harry poked his woken up nose into the US election and effectively told Americans to vote against President Trump, which is totally unacceptable to a member of the royal family."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken about the upcoming US elections in a blatant break with British tradition of forbidding royal participation in politics
For his part, Harry said, "As we approach this November, it is important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity."
Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, author of And What Do You Do? What the royal family doesn't want you to know, Harry said, is that he shouldn't talk about US politics while he's still a “representative” of the UK.
“I think it is appropriate for every private individual to comment on the US elections. The problem is that Harry has retained his HRH status and is not a private citizen, but still a representative of this country, ”Baker told MailOnline.
“He has to stop gaining a foothold in both camps – royally when it suits him, and privately when it doesn't.
"Or to turn the old sentence upside down, I agree with what he says but disagree with his right to say it."
Royal biographer Robert Jobson told MailOnline that it "may be easier" for Meghan and Harry to give up their royal titles altogether given the "business and political agendas they appear to want to pursue".
Mr Jobson, whose latest book is called The Royal Family Operations Manual, said the couple were now "completely detached from the British monarchy" and would best give up their titles altogether.
"After all, Meghan is an American citizen and has always voted," he said. “The deal with royals who don't interfere in politics is less clear when it comes to Meghan or what the protocol should look like in this case.
“But now that she is back in her country, many would think it wrong that she should not be allowed to exercise her democratic right to vote.
“In this country too, the royals have a right to their opinion, and like the voices of the Prince of Wales and Prince William, they speak particularly about the environment and nature. They see this as guidance.
"The important part is that they are not partisan, as a partisan monarch or her direct heir could cause a constitutional crisis."
As is expected of British royals to stay out of politics
Under the constitutional monarchy of Britain, powers that in theory belong to the queen – such as appointing ministers and passing laws – are exercised on her behalf by political leaders.
This system means that political decisions are made by the elected government rather than by unelected kings, while maintaining the monarchy as a symbol of the British state and its traditions.
The royals' political neutrality, which the Queen has carefully observed for 68 years, is key to maintaining this balance and maintaining the monarchy's popularity.
A YouGov poll earlier this year found that both Conservative and Labor voters, as well as Brexiter and Europhile, support the majority for maintaining the British monarchy.
The Queen's uncle, King Edward VIII, was forced to abdicate in 1936 because the government refused to support his proposed marriage to American divorced Wallis Simpson – mortally compromising his neutrality.
While there is no law specifically preventing the royal family from voting in UK elections, it would be an unacceptable violation of protocol.
The Queen has weekly talks with her Prime Ministers and has the right to “advise and warn” them if necessary, but the nature of her advice is never made public.
Even her cautious remark that voters should "think very carefully about the future" ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 was seen as an unusual intervention.
Prince Charles is known for writing long letters to ministers on political issues such as agriculture, some of which were published in 2015.
William and Kate also spoke out for the environment and last year launched an award for tackling climate change problems.
Princess Diana – who, like Harry and Meghan, distanced herself from the monarchy – was known for her campaigns against landmines, in which she allegedly described the policies of the British government as "hopeless".
Her involvement sparked criticism from some Conservative MPs, but the Labor government, which took office shortly before her death, was more favorable to her campaign.
Mr Jobson said he was "increasingly open" to the idea of removing the Sussexes' royal titles for their own benefit and that of the royal family.
"In all honesty, I think it would be better for Harry to retire from the line of succession with his son to avoid further confusion," he said.
“Saying that they are HRHs and the Duke and Duchess but are not allowed to use the titles only confuses the situation.
'With that issue out of the way, Meghan encouraging people to vote is something that would be praised, not criticized.
She speaks well and has a passion for political issues. Without a royal title to hold her back, she can be free to pursue a political career.
"If he drops his title, and that includes 'Prince', he would also free Harry in the country where he says that he is happy and that he wants to lead this life and that the title means nothing."
A former palace adviser told The Times that Harry and Meghan's comments were likely to cause "concern" among royal aides.
& # 39; The political arena is very sensitive to all members of the royal family. You cannot have an apolitical institution like a hereditary monarchy is, and members of the royal family can also easily make political comments, ”they said.
"Courtiers would be extremely concerned about how difficult it could be if they continued to comment on what may be the most controversial US presidential election in vivid memories."
Another source in palace circles said the couple crossed a line with their intervention on Tuesday.
Harry and Meghan spoke in a video clip that aired as part of TIME's annual list of the World's 100 Most Influential People.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were added to the 2018 list, but not in this year's edition.
"We are only six weeks from Election Day and today is National Voter Registration Day," said Markle, 39.
“Every four years we are told the same thing that this is the most important choice of our life. But that's it, ”she said.
“When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice reminds you that you are important because you do and deserve to be heard. & # 39;
For his part, Harry said, "As we approach this November, it is important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity."
Harry urged Americans to be careful what type of content they consume online.
“When bad outweighs good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it undermines our ability to have compassion and to put ourselves in someone else's shoes. Because when a person is shopping online in negativity, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time not just to think, but to act, ”he said.
Harry also pointed out the fact that since he is not a US citizen, he will not be able to vote in November.
He added that he never got to vote in the UK, despite having theoretically been eligible for the last five general elections since he was 18.
Although British law does not specifically prohibit members of the royal family from voting, the expectation that royals remain apolitical is considered sacrosanct and, in practice, they never participate in elections, either by elections or otherwise.
But since Meghan and Harry announced they were stepping down as senior royals in January and moving to North America, they have tacitly expanded their involvement in politics as they go their own way.
Her comments led to criticism from viewers who saw it as a barely veiled request to make Donald Trump a one-term president.
However, a source close to Harry insisted the Duke was not referring to Trump or any other person.
"The Duke spoke about the tone of the debate leading up to an election that is already pretty feverish," they said.
& # 39; He's not talking about a candidate or any particular campaign. It builds on a lot of things he said before about online communities, how we interact with each other online rather than making specific political points. & # 39;
Markle has made her position on the 2020 elections clear in several appearances over the past few weeks and expressed her enthusiasm for the democratic ticket
Harry also appeared to be opening the door for future US citizenship by saying that he would not be eligible to vote in that election.
His comment leaves open the possibility that he could try to vote in future elections in the US, which would likely require him to get a green card and stay in America for at least three years.
A source close to Harry declined to comment on whether his words suggested he would apply for dual citizenship.
& # 39; They don't work royals. They are private individuals and it is understandable that they want to keep these matters private, "the source said.
Meghan's involvement in the video follows a separate intervention last month in which she asked women to stand in the elections.
The Duchess addressed the audience at the When All Women Vote Couch Party – an online event organized by the nonprofit When We All Vote, founded by Michelle Obama.
Speaking directly to the volunteers and workers hired for the summit, Meghan continued, “It's fair to say that we are all very grateful for your work because we really need it now more than ever.
“When I think about voting and why it is so vitally important to all of us, I would put it this way: We are voting to honor those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us because that's what the community is about and that's what this election is about, "she said.
This week, feminist activist Gloria Steinem announced that Markle had joined her in calling out Americans and pushing them to vote.
Steinem told Access Hollywood, “She came home to vote. The first thing we did and why she came to see me was that we were seated at the dining table where I am and we gave the voters cold calls. & # 39;
"Said" Hello, I'm Meg "and" Hello, I'm Gloria "and" Will you choose? "That was your initiative."
Meghan has also told Steinem she was "so excited" to see Kamala Harris, a mixed race colleague, nominated for vice president in another strong hint that she supports the Democratic ticket.
Last month, Markle (left) had a "backyard chat" with Gloria Steinem where she made it incredibly clear who she would vote for next November
Will Prince Harry take US citizenship? He says he will not vote in this election
Prince Harry appeared to be leaving the door open to future US citizenship by saying that he would not vote in "this" presidential election.
"I won't be able to vote in this election here in the US," said the Duke of Sussex, adding that he never voted in the UK either.
Harry's comment left open the possibility that in the future he might try to vote in a US election where royal partisanship would not cause a constitutional crisis, as it would in the UK.
Meghan and the couple's one-year-old son, Archie, are both US citizens, but Harry has not announced any plans to take dual citizenship.
A source told the Sunday Times earlier this year that Harry had not applied for dual citizenship and was not allowed to apply for a green card in the US.
Green cards provide a path to citizenship because the spouse of a U.S. citizen can apply for naturalization after three years of permanent residency.
Harry's current immigration status is unclear, but a number of visas are available to UK nationals.
Before Marrying Prince Harry in 2018, Markle was no stranger to politics, mocking then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during an appearance on the 2016 Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
She said Trump was "misogynistic and divisive" and indicated her support for Hillary Clinton.
Harry is a friend of former President Barack Obama, who interviewed him on a guest-edited episode of BBC Radio 4's Today program in 2017.
"Part of my role and part of my job is putting the spotlight on issues that need that spotlight, whether it's people, if it's causes, problems, whatever it is," Harry said at the time.
"So I will continue to play my role in society and do my job to the best of my ability so that I can wake up in the morning and feel energized."
Despite their Obama friendship, the couple avoided a constitutional battle by not inviting either the Obamas or the Trumps to their 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle.
Earlier this year, two Russian jokes said they got the Duke of Sussex to criticize Trump in a phone call posing as climate activist Greta Thunberg.
"I don't mind saying that to you guys. I guess the mere fact that Donald Trump is so driving coal mining in America that he's got blood on his hands," Harry allegedly said.
Buckingham Palace has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the call.
Over the past few weeks, Meghan has attended several interviews and summits. She was reportedly “frustrated” with her inability to engage in politics while serving as a Senior Royal.
Last month, she had a "backyard chat" with Gloria, making it incredibly clear who she would vote for next November and expressing excitement at seeing a woman of color on the Democratic ticket – Joe Biden's runner-up, Kamala Harris – and explaining that the nomination was particularly significant to her because it's biracial.
In the past few months, Markle has become more politically active and has attended several interviews and summit meetings. She was reportedly “frustrated” with her inability to engage in politics while serving as a Senior Royal
"I'm so excited to see this kind of display," she said. “You know, for me, when I'm biracial, grew up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you have to see someone who looks like you in some form.
“As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And if it isn't, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we're starting to break through in other ways. & # 39;
Meanwhile, she has also recorded voter appeals boldly calling on women in the United States to vote in the 2020 presidential election. Speaking at an online voter summit about the need for "change", she told attendees, "If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem."
Meghan made her stance on the 2020 presidential race clear when she addressed the audience at the When All Women Vote Couch Party – an online event organized by the nonprofit When We All Vote, founded by "her friend" Michelle Obama.
Meghan appeared as the opening speaker at the summit, expressing her "enthusiasm" for attending, before telling the organization's stakeholders, "We need (your work) now more than ever."
“I'm really excited that you asked me to be a part of it,” began the mother of one, adding, “I think this is an extraordinary time (and I'm) happy to be here for my friend Michelle his Obama's When We All Vote and the start of the When All Women Vote Couch Party. & # 39;
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Bong Joon Ho
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Mary Kay Henry
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Yousef Al Otaiba
Robert F. Smith
General Charles Q. Brown Jr.
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