It has recently been announced that Donald Trump will return to the United Kingdom for an official state visit.
This comes almost a year after his last trip across the pond, and many people are wondering whether the president will meet with any other royal family members aside from Queen Elizabeth.
More specifically, will the American Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry be in attendance? Here’s what we know.
Donald Trump is meeting with Queen Elizabeth in June
Unlike last year when Donald Trump came to the U.K. on a working visit, this time, it has been reported that Queen Elizabeth has invited Trump and his wife Melania to her country for an official state visit, which will include more formal events like a banquet.
Donald Trump’s trip will take place from June 3 to 5. This coincides closely with the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, so the queen and the Trump couple will attend a ceremony in Portsmouth, England – a place that played an important role in the D-Day invasion.
Donald Trump will also meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her office on Downing Street. According to Theresa May, this visit would be an “opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.”
Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry meet with Donald Trump?
It’s not uncommon for working royals to show up at an event or two when Queen Elizabeth meets with heads of state from other countries. However, right now, it seems unlikely that Meghan Markle will be there to greet Donald and Melania Trump.
Meghan Markle is American and would be invited to take part in the visit if this were another president, but she herself has actually been vocal about her distaste for Donald Trump ever since his presidential campaign. It’s not too surprising considering the fact that she is a feminist and is against many things that Trump stands for. She once called him “divisive” and “misogynistic.”
Furthermore, Meghan Markle is about to have her baby any day, so she can go on maternity leave for a few months. Of course, whether she will actually make use of the whole maternity leave period is something we can’t predict (after all, Meghan herself is a go-getter who works a lot), but the timing of Trump’s visit seems a bit too soon for Meghan to return to royal duties.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is in the same boat as his wife and is not a fan of Donald Trump. A source once shared that Harry thinks Trump is “a serious threat to human rights.”
Additionally, in the 1990s, Trump apparently used to stalk Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and even claim that he could have “nailed” her if he wanted to. As such, it might also be unlikely for Prince Harry to meet Donald Trump. He could choose to simply stay home with Meghan and their newborn child.
Will other royal family members meet with Donald Trump?
Of course, what we have to remember is that royal family members are not supposed to be affiliated with any political party. They must leave behind personal views and be good hosts to whoever is visiting, which is why Queen Elizabeth is continuing her tradition of having state visits with U.S. presidents even despite growing protests against Donald Trump.
However, it’s still unclear whether Prince Charles or Prince William will show up. During Trump’s last visit to the UK, both Charles and William refused to meet with him. Normally, Prince Charles would often accompany Queen Elizabeth, but the queen was by herself that time.
Aside from Trump being creepy toward Princess Diana a long time ago, he has done other offensive things to the royal family. For example, he blamed Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, when topless pictures of her sunbathing at a private residence were leaked to the press.
“Kate Middleton is great–but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude–only herself to blame,” Trump tweeted. “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!”
Nevertheless, the last time that Donald Trump came to the United Kingdom and people were whispering about how Charles and William were nowhere to be seen, the palace said: “This was not a state visit and the involvement of other members of the royal family would be different.”
Thus, we have reasons to believe that perhaps this time either Prince Charles or Prince William will put their dislike for Donald Trump at home and show up next to the queen with a smile on their face.