President Donald Trump backs Queen in Prince Harry, Meghan Markle resignation crisis

The Queen, Donald Trump and Meghan Markle.
The Queen, Donald Trump and Meghan Markle. Photo credit: Getty.

US President Donald Trump has weighed into the Megxit crisis engrossing the world, revealing which side of the royal family he is backing.

On Thursday, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle told the world of their desire to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

It was the move that rocked the globe, responded to by Buckingham Palace with a blunt statement, and which reportedly enraged the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William. Crisis talks are said to be underway, with Queen Elizabeth directing courtiers to work at pace to find a solution to suit everyone.

That reportedly includes discussions with foreign governments - likely the United States and Canada - about how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans would play out in reality, including security arrangements for the pair.

The leader of one of those governments is America-first cheerleader Trump. But he has told Fox News that what is happening to the British Queen isn't right.

"I think it's sad. I do. [The Queen] is a great woman. She has never made a mistake if you look. She has had a flawless time," Trump told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.

"I have such respect for the Queen. I don't think this should be happening to her."

While the president has long been a big fan of Queen Elizabeth, he's also previously had harsh words for Meghan Markle, who was born in the United States.

Ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom in 2019, Trump said Meghan had been "nasty" about him. She's previously called him "misogynistic" and "divisive".

Yet, Trump did hope the "American princess" would do well in the role. 

"She will be very good. I hope she does [succeed]."

Meghan has now fled to Canada, where her son Archie is currently based with a nanny. Harry is expected to meet them back in Vancouver next week. Meghan is understood to want to spend more time in California as well. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is based there.