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Julie Bishop tells Tom Elliott about meeting Meghan, and her hopes for the Royal Wedding

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told Tom Elliott Meghan Markle is ‘absolutely delightful’ and it was an honour to spend time with her and Prince Harry in the lead up to the Royal Wedding.

Tom Elliott asked if Ms Bishop would be making an appearance in London on Saturday.

“I wish I were, I understand politicians weren’t invited,” Ms Bishop said.

“I hope that the wedding is as beautiful as we anticipate.

“I was honoured to meet Meghan Markle and Prince Harry a couple of times during the Commonwealth heads of government leaders meeting week in London.

“And she is absolutely delightful, she’s a charming young woman and I’m sure that she and Prince Harry will be very happy.”

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Ms Bishop also defended the government’s position on the live export industry, saying banning it would be a “knee-jerk reaction”.

“The government supports sustainable live sheep trade to the Middle East which maintains the highest animal welfare standards by the global benchmark,” she said.

“I believe the industry is such a fundamental part of Australia’s strong standing as a source of food and a place to invest in agriculture in a number of Middle Eastern countries.”

Following the Former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby criticism of Ms Bishop’s relationship with China earlier in the week, Tom asked if she does indeed have a strained relationship with China.

“Not at all,” she said.

“He (Raby) didn’t get in touch with my office, otherwise he would have understood.”