Prince Harry wasn’t present when the queen, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla welcomed the Trumps to Buckingham Palace today, but he did join in on a private luncheon with the president soon after. CNN reported two weeks ago that the Duke of Sussex would join in on the lunch, which took place at the palace’s Blue Drawing Room. Given the private nature of the meeting, no photos or details from the event were released.
Afterwards, the queen and the royal party gave their guests a tour of the Royal Collection. Harry was seen walking in with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner but he apparently “hung back,” according to royal correspondent Emily Andrews. Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla were also there.
Meghan Markle did not attend the luncheon, given she’s on maternity leave after welcoming her and Harry’s son, Archie, in early May. Since giving birth, she hasn’t done any public work engagements and she’s missed a few big royal events, like Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding and the queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace, both of which Harry attended without her.
Even with Meghan absent today, things might’ve been awkward between the Duke of Sussex and the U.S. president at lunch after the latter made some controversial comments about the Duchess of Sussex on Friday.
When a reporter brought up a 2016 interview where Meghan called Trump “misogynistic” and “divisive,” the president told The Sun, “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.” The next day, he denied on Twitter that he called Meghan “nasty,” but reporters pointed out that his remarks were recorded on tape, the BBC reports.
The president did, however, have kinder words for the Duchess of Sussex regarding her joining the British royal family as an American. “It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he told The Sun. “She will be very good. I hope she does [succeed].”
Meghan revealed her thoughts on Trump during an appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, when she was still starring in Suits and before the world knew she was dating Prince Harry.
“Yes of course Trump is divisive; think about just female voters alone,” Markle, a vocal advocate for women’s rights, said. “I think it was in 2012 when 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. You’re not just voting for a woman, if it’s Hillary [Clinton], 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.”
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