Anti-Trump American Duchess of Sussex won’t meet her president during his state visit
While the Queen and Royal family will welcome US President Donald Trump to the UK during his state visit in June, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle – the only American member of British royalty – will be missing, according to reports.
Britain’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, will be supported by senior royals as she hosts the American leader and First Lady Melania Trump over three days beginning on June 3.
Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will join the Queen for the official ceremonial welcome in Buckingham Palace’s garden rather than the usual Horse Guards Parade venue in Whitehall – a move likely due to security concerns.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, will be at the private palace lunch held on the first day for the Trumps but anti-Trump wife Meghan, whose son Archie will be less than four weeks old when the Trumps arrive, will not.
Meghan is a vocal critic of Mr. Trump and made her feelings toward her president clear during a 2016 interview for a US TV show when she described him as “misogynistic” and “divisive.”
According to Metro, at the state banquet, a lavish white-tie dinner staged in the palace’s ballroom, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen and Charles and Camilla for the event, which will feature leading figures from UK national life and prominent Americans in Britain.
The US president will also have tea with the heir to the throne and his wife during the first day and on the second visit Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May just a few days before she steps down from office.
Mr. Trump is reportedly bringing his grown-up children with him when he visits the UK – daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisers to the President, along with her siblings Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump.
When the state visit was announced in April, Mrs. May hailed it as an opportunity for the UK and US “to strengthen our already close relationship,” while the White House said it would “reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship” between the two nations.
But confirmation of the trip was condemned at the time by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who said the President had “systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries.”
Security around the visit is expected to be tight and the organization, Stand Up To Trump, has pledged to mobilize huge numbers to protest against it.
During the second day of the state visit, Mrs. May and the US president will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by the Duke of York, at St James’s Palace.
Mr. Trump will then visit Downing Street to hold talks with the Prime Minister followed by a joint press conference.
That evening the Trumps will host a return dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the US ambassador, which Charles and Camilla will attend on behalf of the Queen.
On Wednesday, June 5, the Queen and Charles will attend the national commemorative event for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
More than 300 D-Day veterans will be at the ceremony which aims to tell the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and military displays, including a fly-past of 25 modern and historical aircraft.