Tensions rose during Donald Trump’s visit to Buckingham Palace on Monday when he came face to face with Prince Harry, who reportedly did everything he could to distance himself from the president after the American described comments the royal’s wife Meghan Markle made about him as “nasty.”
Fox News reported that while Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family welcomed Trump with open arms, Harry appeared to be “grumpy” and kept as far away from the president as possible. As Trump and his wife Melania toured the Queen’s private art collection at Buckingham Palace, Harry stayed away from them and made it clear that he did not want to be photographed with the party at all.
“Harry was the third most senior royal in the room after the Queen and his father, but didn’t seem to take any part in his royal duties,” one witness said.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward agreed, going so far as to describe Harry’s treatment of Trump as “immature.”
“Harry did look grumpy and as if he didn’t want to be there,” Seward said. “He appears to be behaving in a rather immature way and letting his personal animosity take over from his natural good manners. Whatever his personal feelings, it’s his duty to support the Queen regardless and take a tip from his grandmother who has never allowed her personal feelings to interfere with her duty.”
This came one week after Trump learned that Meghan had slammed him as “misogynistic” and “divisive” in the months before the 2016 election. When asked if he was aware of her comments, Trump replied, “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”
Harry and Meghan have done little to hide their liberal views, so it comes as no surprise that they despise the president. However, Queen Elizabeth has always made the importance of the royal family remaining politically neutral clear, so some have argued that being openly leftwing could be damaging to the future of the royal family.
In contrast to Harry’s negative attitude on Monday, Trump himself has been the epitome of class since landing in the United Kingdom. He has had nothing but praise for Queen Elizabeth, thanking her on Twitter for being such a gracious host.
“London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic,” Trump tweeted. “The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong.”
Trump and the Queen are clearly on the same page when it comes to calling for unity between everyone regardless of their politic beliefs. If only the rest of the royal family felt the same way.