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Meghan Markle’s friendship with Ivanka Trump was ‘airbrushed’ from new book to ‘protect their mission’, critic claims

MEGHAN Markle’s friendship with Ivanka Trump was “conveniently airbrushed” from the new biography Finding Freedom, a columnist has claimed.

Craig Brown, a critic and satirist, says that the Duchess of Sussex’s association with Donald Trump’s daughter was not mentioned to protect her “mission.”

On her now-defunct blog The Tig, Meghan wrote of the president’s daughter in 2014 calling her “staggeringly beautiful” and “intelligent”.

And in his book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton reveals Meghan “was thrilled when Ivanka agreed to fill in her simple questionnaire for Tig Talk.

“More thrilled when she accepted her invitation to meet for drinks and dinner the next time Meghan was in New York.”

Writing on The Tig, Meg gushed: “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.”

But no mention was made of their acquaintance in the new unofficial biography Finding Freedom, with Brown claiming this was a deliberate move.

Writing for the Mail on Sunday, he says: “The authors of Finding Freedom conveniently airbrush Ivanka from the record, perhaps fearful that the Trump formula for success and happiness might jar against Harry and Meghan’s new mission to ‘build a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world’.”

Relations between Meghan and Ivanka are said to have soured when the former Suits actress criticised Donald during the 2016 presidential election, and he later called her “nasty”.

The Duchess accused him of being “misogynistic” and “divisive” during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The ex-Suits actress also pledged to vote for his rival Hillary Clinton.

Told of Meghan’s barbs by The Sun, Mr Trump insisted it was the first time he’d heard them.

He said: “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

Meghan and Harry’s unofficial biography was co-written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 35, have insisted they had nothing to do with the book, from which The Times published extracts two weeks ago.

Scobie, who has close ties to Meghan, also said he had not spoken to them directly.

However, the book does contain intimate information on the early stages of their romance.

In other royal news, we told you how Prince Harry shouted “what the hell?” at the Queen in argument over royal aide.

And Meghan shared a glimpse inside her £11 million Montecito mansion.

Plus Meghan said ‘I’m looking forward to using my voice again’ after being restricted by royal duties.

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