This Is the Real Reason Why Meghan Markle Probably Doesn’t Want to Be Friends With Ivanka Trump

The new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has quite a few adoring fans, both in America and overseas. And one of her more vocal adoring fans has been none other than Ivanka Trump, who allegedly was desperate for an invite to the recent royal wedding. Unfortunately for her, no one in the Trump family was invited to attend.

Ivanka Trump clearly wants to be friends with Meghan Markle, but the Duchess of Sussex doesn’t seem to be into it. And the suspected real reason why may have nothing to do with politics.

It’s obvious that Ivanka is a big fan

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump | Win McNamee/Getty Images

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, Ivanka tweeted her support almost immediately. In two tweets, she wrote:

“Wishing Meghan and Prince Harry a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness together. I have no doubt that this couple will do extraordinary things, both individually and collectively. Congratulations!”

Ivanka also shared an article about the royal wedding date when it was set for May 19.

Meghan praised Ivanka in a past blog post

Although Ivanka never did receive her royal invite, at one time, Meghan did express her admiration for her. In 2014, the actress wrote in her now-shuttered blog:

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. It’s so easy to knock the girls who come from privilege – to assume they rested on their laurels and garnered accolades simply by being fancy from the womb. But I always remember Ivanka being different – she wasn’t dancing on tables as a teenager or releasing pop albums. She wasn’t running amok publicly, swearing and being smacked with DUIs. Instead, she was graduating from The Wharton School (cum laude, I might add), launching the Trump Hotel Collection, and building her own brand. This much I know  – 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.

This was, of course, long before Donald Trump became such a controversial figure.

Meghan reportedly finds Donald Trump creepy

Although Meghan clearly respected Ivanka at one time, rumor has it that she’s not a fan of The Donald. In 2006, when Meghan was an aspiring actress and a briefcase model on the show Deal or No Deal, Donald made a special appearance on the show, but Meghan kept her distance. She even called him “super creepy.”

According to The Cute, she wasn’t the only one who felt that way:

“One guest caused quite the frisson: Donald Trump, then making a guest appearance to cross-promote The Apprentice. He gave girls his card and invited them to play golf at one of his courses. Fellow briefcase girl Tameka Jacobs told me, ‘He was super creepy, but some girls were attracted to money and power and took his number. Meghan was one of the girls who gave him a wide berth.'”

It’s (probably) not the politics keeping Meghan away from Ivanka

Meghan Markle is seen ahead of her visit to the iconic Titanic Belfast

Meghan Markle | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Since she joined the royal family, Meghan is expected to follow the royal rules, and that includes keeping her political views to herself. She isn’t even allowed to vote. One might assume that alone would keep Meghan from being friends with Ivanka, since being associated with her might make people assume she holds certain beliefs.

That being said, it is a known fact that the royal family is friends with Barack and Michelle Obama. And Meghan is still a very outspoken feminist, which is often associated with liberal politics. Since those facts aren’t “royal dealbreakers,” she’s certainly not banned from a friendship with Ivanka because of politics.

It may be all about the feminism

Aside from the fact that Meghan and Ivanka don’t appear to have a whole lot in common, they happen to have very different ideas of what feminism means. Meghan has been standing up for women all her life, starting when she was 11 years old and she wrote a letter protesting a sexist commercial for dishwashing liquid. Since then, she has used her voice to empower women time and time again.

Ivanka has repeatedly labeled herself a feminist, but some might say she’s forgotten that actions speak louder than words. She has advocated for paid family leave while simultaneously contracting out the designs of her clothing line to a firm that offered zero weeks of paid maternity leave. She has spoken up in favor of equal pay while publicly endorsing a White House decision to trample a modest equal-pay enforcement initiative.

Then there’s this quote from her book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life:

“Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and we must stand against it. At the same time … learn to figure out when a hoot or holler is indeed a form of harassment and when it’s merely a good-natured tease that you can give back in kind.”

Since quite a few people have publicly called out Ivanka on her fake feminism, it would be understandable if Meghan didn’t want to be associated with her.

Or it could be about the philanthropy

Meghan has always been passionate about philanthropy — in fact, it’s one of the things that she and Kate Middleton have in common. She has been a Global Ambassador for World Vision, a One Young World Counselor, and an advocate for the United Nations, just to name a few.

To her credit, Ivanka has also supported some charitable organizations, like Habitat for Humanity and the Walkabout Foundation. And she did donate some of the money she made from her last book to charity. But her family doesn’t exactly have a great reputation when it comes to charity and philanthropy. The Trump Foundation is questionable at best, and of course, there’s the fact that Ivanka’s clothing line was made in sweatshops where workers were often abused and not even paid enough to live with their own children.

Too busy for new friends?

Meghan Markle, The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth | Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

Of course, it’s entirely possible that the Duchess of Sussex is simply too busy to entertain the idea of making new friends at the moment. She’s a newlywed, she plans to stay involved with her charity work, and there are rumors that she and Harry want to start a family as soon as possible. Maybe Meghan isn’t choosing to snub Ivanka, but instead simply focusing on the things that matter most to her right now.

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