Trump credits Queen for his OTT style
Donald Trump's flamboyant style has English royal roots, the US president-elect revealed last night, citing his Scottish mother's love of British tradition as the origin of his own showmanship.
"She loved all the pomp," Mr Trump said of Mary Anne Trump. "The Buckingham Palace thing, she thought it was so beautiful - she loved the Queen," he said in a Fox News interview at his opulent New York penthouse.
Despite his own taste for garish interior design, the incoming president said that he had no plans to give the White House the Trump treatment.
He had suggested he would "touch up" the building, prompting visions of gold taps and marble-topped tables. But he said: "I think the White House is such a special place, and it has such special meaning for Americans especially, and the world. Nothing would change. The White House will remain the way it is."
During the hour-long "at home" interview, Trump was asked fawning questions about the president-elect's personal tastes and family life.
He said he likes to keep "traditional roles" at home, leaving a "lot of the child-rearing" to his wife. "I talk to my children. I'm a good father, but she's pretty dominant when it comes to raising our son," he said of his wife Melania.
He said he was not only attracted to her looks, joking that "beauty is a nice thing but after the first hour you need to talk to them". Looking ahead to her White House role, he said: "I think she'll be helpful to charity."