Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump were both guests at what must have been a very awkward wedding.
HuffPost reports that the president’s daughter and the Duchess of Sussex have a mutual connection: fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who invited them both to her upscale wedding in Rome.
To say the least, Markle probably isn’t the biggest fan of Ivanka’s after Ivanka’s father called her “nasty,” setting off a whole news cycle about the president’s comments.
Markle, Ivanka attend same wedding
Once upon a time, the two women were on somewhat friendly terms — but that all changed when Donald Trump ran for president, and the Suits actor weighed in on Trump’s candidacy. In a 2016 interview, Markle called Trump “divisive” and a misogynist.
When Trump was read those comments by a sly reporter for the British tabloid The Sun in May, the president said he was surprised that Markle was so “nasty.” Trump’s comments sparked a backlash and cast a shadow over his state trip to Britain, where he met with the royal family — that is, minus Markle, who was on maternity leave.
With these interpersonal politics in the background, Markle left baby Archie in foggy England and went to Rome with Prince Harry, who Nonoo set up with Markle, to attend her best friend’s wedding on Thursday. A day later, Ivanka arrived with Jared Kushner in tow.
The Trumps were notably not invited to Markle’s wedding to Harry last year, but social connections have brought them, awkwardly, together. Nonoo is marrying American oil heir Michael Hess, who was friends with Kushner’s brother Joshua at Harvard. Joshua Kushner was also in attendance with wife Karlie Kloss.
Trump controversy casts shadow
As the Daily Beast reports, Markle wrote a glowing blog post about Ivanka back in 2014 that praised her for building an independent brand. The then-television actor even wrote that she planned to have dinner and drinks with Ivanka in New York.
“Let’s take a moment and discuss Ivanka Trump,” Markle wrote. “Staggeringly beautiful, no question, but so incredibly savvy and intelligent that she’s not just carved a niche for herself under her father’s famed Trump notoriety, she has undoubtedly created her own empire.”
But things changed when Ivanka’s father threw his hat in the ring, and Markle felt compelled to attack Trump – which she was then able to do, not yet being British royalty and not bound by protocol to stay away from politics.
“You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary just because she’s a woman,” Markle said, “but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see you don’t really want that kind of world.” When those comments resurfaced, President Trump didn’t take it lightly.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” the president said. Trump denied calling Markle “nasty” and in other comments called her “very nice.” Markle was no fan of Ivanka’s dad when the “nasty” controversy erupted, but Trump’s response has probably made things a little more awkward for everyone involved.