PUBLISHED: 04:44, Fri, Sep 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 05:20, Fri, Sep 11, 2020
The claim was made by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, formerly also Melania’s personal friend, during an appearance on BBC Newsnight. Earlier this month Ms Wolkoff’s book, ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady’, was published.
The work charts her relationship with Melania including after she became first lady in January 2017.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight Ms Wolkoff claimed Melania has a tense relationship with Ivanka, her husband’s oldest daughter.
She commented: “So Ivanka is very in control and has a lot of cohorts to back her up in whatever she’s doing.
“She really just wanted to usurp Melania in every way.
Melania had a tense relationship with Ivanka according to her former friend (Image: GETTY)
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff appearing on BBC Newsight (Image: BBC NEWSNIGHT)
“Not only as the first daughter, the first lady and I say she’s a princess who wanted to be Queen.
“She unfortunately really hindered any progress of an initiative for the First Lady or any movement for Melania to do anything.”
Allegations of tension between Melania and Ivanka are also a major theme in ‘Melania and Me’.
In the book Ms Wolkoff claims that at one point the first lady referred to Ivanka and her allies as “snakes”.
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Ivanka with Melania at Donald Trump's inauguration (Image: GETTY)