But there were more than a few famous royals missing at the palace reception for NATO leaders.
Prince William was notably absent, as he is away on a solo trip to the Middle East. Prince Andrew was not there. He announced earlier this month that he was stepping away from royal duties because his relationship with the late Jeffrey Epstein had “become a major disruption to my family’s work.”
The palace in November that the couple, along with their son Archie, would not join the royal family at Sandringham for Christmas and that the queen approved of their decision. William and Kate have skipped royal Christmases before to spend time with family.
Meghan also missed meeting Trump during a visit in June, when she was on maternity leave. Harry met with the president during the trip, even after Trump called Meghan “nasty” for referring to him as “divisive” and “misogynistic” in an interview before she joined the royal family.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” the president said in an interview with The Sun in June.
It wasn’t Trump’s first distasteful remark about a member of the royal family. He boasted shortly after the 1997 death of Princess Diana that he could’ve slept with her.
And when topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge leaked in 2012, Trump tweeted that she “shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude – only herself to blame.”
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