Prince Charles and Prince William Reportedly Refused to Meet with Donald Trump
President Trump reportedly got royally snubbed on his recent visit to the UK. According to the Sunday Times, Prince Charles and Prince William refused to meet with the US president while he was in England last week.
"This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub," an anonymous source told the British publication. "They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own. Usually, she is accompanied by somebody. Prince Charles has been substituting for Philip a lot recently."
Indeed, President Trump and First Lady Melania had tea with only the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday. The visit, which was already controversial, made headlines when Trump walked in front of the Queen as they inspected the guards, a clear break in etiquette if not strict protocol.
Trump shaking hands with the Queen outside Windsor Castle.
Given Trump's rather unsavory history with the royal family, it's not a surprise that few members wanted to meet with the US President.
In 2012, Trump defended the paparazzi who took and sold intrusive, topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, in Tweets which are still public on his social media account.
"Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame," he wrote.
"Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!"
Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012
Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012
And in recent years, Trump has called global warming, a cause Prince Charles is quite passionate about, a "hoax," so it's not hard to imagine why the Prince of Wales might not want to spend time with the leader of the United States.
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
All that said, neither Buckingham Palace nor Theresa May's office confirmed rumors of a "snub" to the Times.
"This was not a state visit and the involvement of other members of the royal family would be different," the Palace said.
"There was never any approach by the government or others, formally or informally, to Clarence House, Kensington Palace or the Duke of York’s office."
A Downing Street source also told the Times, "This was always going to be just the Queen."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.