Meghan Markle will not be attending any of the royal engagements prepared for President Donald Trump's second visit to the United Kingdom. The reason was not revealed but the Duchess famously criticized Trump in the past.
Several activities are lined up for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom next week, but Meghan Markle will not be in attendance in any of them.
Meghan Markle visiting the New Zealand House in March 2019 to sign a book of condolence in behalf of the Royal Family following the terror attack in a mosque in Christchurch on March 19, 2019. | Source: Getty Images
Recent reports reveal the Duchess of Sussex, who’s currently on maternity leave after the birth of baby Archie will be missing from royal engagements during the Trumps’ three-day visit which coincides with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
In May 2016, Meghan famously criticized the president during an appearance on “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” where she called him “divisive” and “misogynistic.”
As the guests of Queen Elizabeth, the US President and his family, including all his four children, will be attending several activities hosted by the royals. This will include a private lunch on their first day at Buckingham Palace and a lavish state dinner that evening. The Queen, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry will reportedly be in attendance in these activities. However, Meghan will not.
According to reports, her decision to skip these engagements has more to do with taking care of Archie and less to do with her previous comments against Trump.
Since becoming a royal, Meghan has been prohibited from voicing out her political opinions. Thus, her absence from Trump’s visit is not likely to be a statement of protest.
In May 2016, Meghan famously criticized the president during an appearance on “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” where she called him “divisive” and “misogynistic.” She also said she would remain in Canada where her show, “Suits” was being filmed if Trump wins the elections. "It's really the moment I go," she said and added,
"Yes, of course, Trump is divisive, think about female voters alone, right? I think it was in 2012 the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points; that is a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it."
Meghan continued by publicly expressing her support for Hilary Clinton not because she was a woman but “because Trump has made it easy to see that you don't really want that kind of world that he's painting.”
It’s unclear if Meghan’s views of Trump had any influence in her decision to stay home during his visit but it’s more likely not. Besides, she is on leave and hasn’t appeared in public events since giving birth to Archie on May 6.
Moreover, since becoming a royal, Meghan has been prohibited from voicing out her political opinions. Thus, her absence from Trump’s visit is not likely to be a statement of protest.
The Trumps will be in the United Kingdom from June 3-5. Here’s hoping this year’s visit will not draw the same kind of reception the president got last year on his first official visit. If you recall, protesters went out to the streets calling him a racist and a liar. This prompted him to avoid the city and instead limit his engagements to Windsor and Chequers.
Trump and his wife were also criticized by the British press after they broke royal protocol twice. First, they shook the Queen’s hand instead of bowing to her when they first met. Then the president also walked ahead of her which is against what is expected.
Maybe this year will be different if the Trumps learned their lesson during that visit.