- President Donald Trump and Prince Harry made their first appearance together on Monday, days after Trump called Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview with The Sun.
- The US president attended a private lunch hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
- In photos from the event, Harry seemed to keep his distance from the president, instead conversing with Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
- Meghan, who is on maternity leave, was absent from the event.
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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.
Instead of joining his grandmother to stand with the president, Harry stayed behind and chatted with Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted that Harry “noticeably hung back.”
Prince Harry, who was also at the private lunch, 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). pic.twitter.com/NLyfNvkZx6
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) June 3, 2019
“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.
Summary: Good speech from @POTUS last night, a few gaffes during the day (failed to recognise his own gift to HM and appeared to place his hand on her shoulder at the banquet), Charles meeting overan by 15 minutes (a good sign) and Harry noticeably dodged being pictured with him.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 4, 2019
The president later denied calling Meghan “nasty,” claiming the reports were “made up by the Fake News Media.”
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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