Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Boycott Trump’s Visit to Buckingham Palace
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are staying away from a Buckingham Palace reception to honor President Donald Trump.
“The Duke and Duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” a source close to the family told People magazine.
Trump is in Europe for the annual NATO summit, during which he is meeting with various world leaders about military defense spending.
Markle and Harry have complained publicly in recent months about the intense scrutiny placed on their relationship and the royal family since their marriage. Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, were married in May of 2018.
Markle, an American, has been openly critical of Trump and his policies, leading Trump to slam her as “nasty.”
She was on maternity leave when Trump last visited the United Kingdom in June.
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Trump has left no doubt over the years that he is a big fan of Queen Elizabeth II, so when she hosted a 70th anniversary reception at Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening for NATO leaders, the president and first lady Melania Trump were there to mingle.
For the NATO reception, the dress code was cocktail attire, and cameras caught what the Trumps were wearing when they arrived at the palace: Melania Trump was in a buttercup-yellow dress with a floor-length cape dropping from her shoulders and faced with magenta-colored material. The president wore a dark business suit with a royal-blue tie.
First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive for tea hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla. Melania is wearing a stunning yellow cape coat from Maison Valentino’s A/W 2019 collection.
— FLOTUS Report (@MELANIAJTRUMP) December 3, 2019
Earlier on Tuesday, he and Camilla hosted the Trumps for tea at Clarence House, the second time the president and first lady met the royal heir at his London residence.
The queen, who also held three audiences earlier on Monday to receive diplomats from two countries and also NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, was wearing a cream-colored dress with pearls and a large diamond sunburst brooch at these earlier meetings.
Charles’ daughter-in-law, Duchess Kate of Cambridge, 37, was also present at the palace reception but without her husband, Prince William.