Meghan Markle set to skip President Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain

Meghan Markle will skip US President Donald Trump‘s state visit to Britain because her ‘convenient’ maternity leave gives her an ‘excuse’ not to meet him, a Royal expert has claimed. 

The President and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and will meet senior royals during the three-day visit. 

But Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said Meghan will skip the meeting because she will be on maternity leave during the trip. 

Meghan Markle will skip US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain because her 'convenient' maternity leave gives her an 'excuse' not to meet him, a Royal expert has claimed

Meghan Markle will skip US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain because her 'convenient' maternity leave gives her an 'excuse' not to meet him, a Royal expert has claimed

Meghan Markle will skip US President Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain because her ‘convenient’ maternity leave gives her an ‘excuse’ not to meet him, a Royal expert has claimed

Duncan Larcombe said Meghan (pictured above with Prince Harry during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March) will skip the meeting because she will be on maternity leave during the trip

Duncan Larcombe said Meghan (pictured above with Prince Harry during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March) will skip the meeting because she will be on maternity leave during the trip

Duncan Larcombe said Meghan (pictured above with Prince Harry during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March) will skip the meeting because she will be on maternity leave during the trip

He told The Sun: ‘I’m told that there are no plans for Meghan to meet President Trump.

‘Not as a snub because – how shall we say – it’s a quite convenient period of maternity leave so she won’t be working,’ he added. 

‘The fact she’s on maternity leave obviously gives her an excuse.’ 

Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed which royals will be in attendance to meet President Trump, but a spokesperson said that the Queen would welcome the President and First Lady.  

In 2016, the then-Suits actress campaigned against Mr Trump becoming president and instead backed Hillary Clinton for the position.

She said: ‘I’m voting for Hillary Clinton, not because she is 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.’

The President and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and will meet senior royals during the three-day visit in June. Above: President Trump made a two-day working visit to the UK last July, where he met the Queen

The President and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and will meet senior royals during the three-day visit in June. Above: President Trump made a two-day working visit to the UK last July, where he met the Queen

The President and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and will meet senior royals during the three-day visit in June. Above: President Trump made a two-day working visit to the UK last July, where he met the Queen

A proposed state visit would follow Trump's previous two-day working visit with first lady Melania last year where they met the Queen at Windsor castle (pictured)

A proposed state visit would follow Trump's previous two-day working visit with first lady Melania last year where they met the Queen at Windsor castle (pictured)

A proposed state visit would follow Trump’s previous two-day working visit with first lady Melania last year where they met the Queen at Windsor castle (pictured) 

Mr Larcombe said that if it was not for her maternity leave, she would likely have met with President Trump. 

He said the visits are not about the ‘personality of the president or the opinion of the royals’ but about the special relationship between Britain and the US. 

Meghan’s previous views on Trump’s election were no longer relevant because ‘everything has changed’ now, he added.     

The royal expert also said that Prince Harry would not be ‘forced’ to go to a state banquet if one is arranged, but that it would be ‘odd’ if he did not attend. 

He said that Harry’s marriage to Meghan, an American, meant that his attendance would be expected.   

During his previous visit in 2018 more than 100,000 people - including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - took to the streets to protest against his politics, but the visit largely passed off without any major incidents

During his previous visit in 2018 more than 100,000 people - including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - took to the streets to protest against his politics, but the visit largely passed off without any major incidents

During his previous visit in 2018 more than 100,000 people – including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – took to the streets to protest against his politics, but the visit largely passed off without any major incidents

Activists floated the six-metre helium-filled effigy (pictured) of the US president in Parliament Square during Trump's visit to the UK in 2018

Activists floated the six-metre helium-filled effigy (pictured) of the US president in Parliament Square during Trump's visit to the UK in 2018

Activists floated the six-metre helium-filled effigy (pictured) of the US president in Parliament Square during Trump’s visit to the UK in 2018

Mr Trump’s impending visit comes more than two years after Theresa May first offered a full state visit when they met in January 2017 at the White House. 

President Trump will attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings during the trip.  

He will also have discussions with the Prime Minister in Downing Street but will not get a carriage ride down The Mall because of security fears.

President Trump made a two-day working visit to the UK last July, where he met the Queen at Windsor Castle.  

He also met with Theresa May but it was not a state visit and instead dubbed a ‘working visit’.  

Demonstrators trailed the U.S. president everywhere, with tens of thousands of people flooding the streets of central London to protest his presence.

Campaigners are calling for the return of the baby ‘Trump Blimp’ – a giant 20ft tall effigy depicting the President as a baby which was flown above Parliament Square.

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