Trump denies calling Meghan 'nasty' as visit to UK begins
Donald Trump has denied calling the Duchess of Sussex "nasty" on the eve of his state visit to Britain.
Prince Harry's wife, formerly Meghan Markle, has been a vocal critic of the President in the past and backed his political rival Hillary Clinton.
Before the 2016 election Meghan, then starring in TV drama Suits, suggested she would leave the US if Mr Trump won.
In a recent interview with The Sun Mr Trump claimed he was unaware of her comments and said: "I didn't know that. What can I say? I didn't know that she was nasty."
But yesterday in a Twitter post the president denied making the comment.
He wrote: "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty'. Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!"
The newspaper has posted an audio recording of the President's interview including the "nasty" comment on its website.
In the interview, when asked about Meghan saying she would leave America, Mr Trump said: "A lot of people are moving here (to the US)."
He also said the Californian former actress, who will not be present during his state visit, will make "a very good" American princess.
Mr Trump begins his state visit to the UK today and will meet members of the royal family, including the Queen.
LA-born Meghan will not be present during the visit after giving birth to her son Archie almost four weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Theresa May has said she is looking forward to building on the "strong and enduring ties" between the UK and US as she prepares to welcome Mr Trump.
The Prime Minister said the state visit would mark a "significant week" for the "special relationship" between the two countries, and provide an opportunity to "further strengthen" the partnership.
Mrs May is expected to attend a state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace this evening, where Mr Trump and the monarch will make speeches.
On the eve of his visit, Mrs May said: "This is a significant week for the special relationship and an opportunity to further strengthen our already close partnership.
"During his state visit to the UK the President and I will be taking part in an historic commemoration of the D-Day landings and the sacrifice our armed forces made 75 years ago.
"And as we reflect on our shared history and honour those who fought so bravely on the beaches of Normandy, we also look to the future."
She said the relationship between the two countries had "underpinned" their security and prosperity for many years and will continue to do so for "generations to come".
Mr Trump and wife Melania will be officially welcomed by the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace this morning.
He will then have a private lunch with the Queen and view a special exhibition of items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection. Later, accompanied by the Duke of York, Mr and Mrs Trump will visit Westminster Abbey for a tour, and the president will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
A giant inflatable Trump baby blimp wearing a nappy and clutching a phone is expected to fly over London in protest at the President's visit after its owners reached their fundraising target. Organisers plan to fly the 20ft blimp above Parliament Square for two hours tomorrow, the second day of Mr Trump's visit.