Here’s why Meghan Markle will be skipping Donald Trump’s UK tour

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Last year saw Donald Trump’s first official visit of the United Kingdom, announcing before he left, ‘I think they like me over there’.

In response, the UK came out in force to say otherwise, holding mass protests in the streets, resulting in the president actually avoiding the English capital and staying at Windsor and Chequers for his official engagements instead.

Everyone from TV presenters and A-list celebrities to politicians and athletes got involved, with even Prince Charles and Prince William choosing not to meet the President, and leaving the Queen to meet DT at Windsor Castle solo.


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That’s right. The royals reportedly refused to take part in his tour of the UK, something that rarely happens.

‘It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own,’ a source explained to The Sunday Times. ‘Usually she is accompanied by somebody.’ The source continued: ‘This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub.’

But now with Donald Trump announcing that he is returning to the UK for an official visit, bringing not only First Lady Melania Trump with him but also four of his children, Ivanka, Donald Jr, Eric and Tiffany Trump, Prince Charles reportedly has to meet him.

According to CNN, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will host Donald Trump and Melania for afternoon tea at Clarence House. For the three day visit however, the Trumps will be guests of the Queen.

One royal who doesn’t have to meet the President is Meghan Markle.

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Yes, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and even Prince Harry are on the Trump family’s itinerary, Meghan’s name is nowhere to be seen.

Why? She’s on maternity leave, with the new mum still spending some quality time with baby Archie in Frogmore Cottage.

The former Suits actress wasn’t expected to meet Donald Trump however, having expressed her disapproval of him in the past.

Donald Trump is set to arrive in the UK on 3 June.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.