Photos appear to show Prince Harry avoiding Trump at Buckingham Palace after the president said Meghan Markle was 'nasty' about him

Ian Vogler/ WPA/ Getty Images.Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

President Donald Trump kicked off his state visit to the UK with a private lunch at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen on Monday. But it seemed as though not all of the royals were happy to see him.

The US president sparked controversy last week when he called Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview with The Sun. When informed by the interviewer that the Duchess of Sussex had criticised him during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

Meghan, who is on maternity leave, was absent from the lunch. But her husband, Prince Harry, was there – and by the looks of the things, it seems he kept his distance.

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Instead of joining his grandmother to stand with the president, Harry stayed behind and chatted with Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Prince Harry and Ivanka TrumpTolga Akmen/ WPA Pool/ Getty Images.Prince Harry and Ivanka Trump.

The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted that Harry “noticeably hung back.”

“He walked in with Ivanka (was he supposed to show her round the exhibition?? or maybe they sat next to each other at lunch) and then drifted off to talk to the Lord Chamberlain (the Earl Peel),” Andrews wrote.

Rebecca English, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, also said Harry “noticeably dodged” being photographed with the president.

The president later denied calling Meghan “nasty,” claiming the reports were “made up by the Fake News Media.”

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The duchess was outspoken about Trump during his campaign, calling him “divisive” and “misogynistic” in an appearance on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” in May 2016.

“It’s really the moment that I go, ‘We film “Suits” in Toronto, and I might just stay in Canada,'” she said.

She added: “Yes, of course Trump is divisive. Think about just female voters alone, right? I mean, I think it was in 2012, like, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number, and with as misogynistic as Trump is – and so vocal about it – that’s a huge chunk of it.”

She said supporters of Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, were voting for her not “just because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.”

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