Donald Trump has said Meghan Markle is "no good" according to one of his advisers.
One of the former president's top aides, Jason Miller, said he had spoken to Trump about the Royal row following Meghan and Harry's explosive TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking on The War Room Podcast, Mr Miller said: "When I was talking to the president this morning … he's like, 'Yeah, she's no good. I said that and now everybody's seeing it'."
It is not the first time Trump and the Duchess of Sussex have crossed swords.
In 2016, before she met Prince Harry, Meghan reportedly said Trump hated or was prejudiced against woman, as well as being "divisive".
When later asked about the comments in 2019 Trump said, according to The Sun newspaper: "I didn’t know that she was nasty."
He later retracted the statement saying it was made up by the "Fake News media".
Mr Miller also said Trump had not wanted to comment further as "if you say anything negative about Meghan Markle you get cancelled. Look at Piers".
Trump was referring to Piers Morgan, the former Good Morning Britain TV host who resigned after saying on air he didn't believe a word Meghan said in the Oprah interview, including her struggles with suicidal thoughts.
A campaign almost immediately started to get him sacked, with Meghan's team also taking the time to file an official complaint with ITV.
Mr Morgan subsequently tweeted: "I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t."
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Trump added: "I'm on Team Piers. Piers is the best, he's the greatest, and they went and tried to cancel him simply because he criticized Meghan Markle. This is just the latest chapter of woke culture.'"
The former US President has a long history of saying controversial things about women.
In 2015 he said of a female political opponent: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that the face of our next president?! … I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
The same year, while talking about his daughter Ivanka in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine he is reported to have said: "Yeah, she's really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father…"
Most famously, in 1995 Trump was recorded saying "You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p****. You can do anything."
He later called the comments "locker room banter".
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