Meghan Markle 'idolized' Ivanka Trump, biographer claims


Before becoming a royal, Meghan Markle reportedly "idolized" Ivanka Trump.

According to Andrew Morton, the author of "Meghan: A Hollywood Princess," the former "Suits" actress looked up to Ivanka and had extreme admiration for her as a businesswoman -- at least, before her father ran for president.

"Before Donald Trump entered the race for the presidency, one of [Meghan's] female idols was businesswoman Ivanka Trump, who had her own jewelry and clothing line," Morton wrote in his book.

Furthermore, the former shoe designer participated in a recurring feature of Markle's now-defunct blog, The Tig, which left the future princess elated.

"She was thrilled when Ivanka agreed to fill in her simple questionnaire for Tig Talk," Morton explained. "More thrilled when she accepted her invitation to meet for drinks and dinner next time Meghan was in New York."

In addition to featuring a questionnaire filled out by the future First Daughter, Markle also fawned over Ivanka in a post written exclusively about her.

"Don't get me started on her jewelry collection: the late-night 'window shopping' I have done on my computer, snuggled up in my bed with a glass of wine, staring longingly at the beautiful designs," Morton quotes her as writing. "And there are the shows, the home collection, the clothing and the natural extension of her brand with a kids' collection -- a smart choice given that she is now a proud mama."

"When we have drinks, I will make sure I order whatever she does -- because this woman seems to have the formula for success (and happiness) down pat," she reportedly added.

As Refinery29 reported, however, Markle's opinion of Ivanka may have changed once she stood behind her father's divisive run for president and subsequent time in the White House. During a May 2016 appearance on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," Markle slammed the future president for his comments about women.

"Trump is divisive," she said. "Think about female voters alone, right? I think it was in 2012 the Republican party lost the female vote by 12 points; that is a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it."

"You're not voting for a woman if it's Hillary because she's a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don't really want that kind of world that he's painting," she added.