During President Trump’s recent visit with Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Charles were not interested in meeting with the American Commander-in-Chief, so they snubbed him for other engagements. For Prince Charles, meeting with his company and attending a police event was more important than the US President. And for Prince William, he opted to play in a charity polo match.
“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,” says an insider.
According to AOL, Trump had a brief visit with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, but he made some big etiquette errors. First, he made the Queen wait 15 minutes, he didn’t bow his head when meeting her, and then he turned his back to the monarch while she was showing him the Guard of Honor.
In the video footage, Queen Elizabeth used her hands to direct Trump the right way, but instead, he turned his back and then stopped in front of her and cut her off, which forced the Queen to awkwardly walk around him. The moment lasted just a few seconds, but social media users immediately jumped on the President, calling him out on breaking royal protocol.
Trump is the 13th U.S. President to meet the British monarch during her 66 years on the throne.
Before their meeting, President Trump said Elizabeth was a “tremendous woman” who represents her country well. He added that she has never made a mistake or done anything embarrassing.
— Leia (@TheSWPrincess) July 13, 2018
After they met, Trump told Piers Morgan that he and the Queen had discussed the “very complex problem” of the U.K. departing from the European Union.
As for Prince Charles and Prince Harry missing out on the meeting, it isn’t clear if the massive protests in Central London against Trump had anything to do with their decision.
When he was leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, the President said that he thought people liked him there, despite a recent poll that found only 17 percent had a favorable view of him and 77 percent had an unfavorable opinion.
After his meeting with Queen Elizabeth, the President and the First Lady left for Scotland where they will be staying at the Trump Turnberry golf resort.
Prince William and Prince Charles have not commented on Trump’s controversial meeting with Queen Elizabeth.