Such involvements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer
As the Queen hosted world leaders to recognize 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective spirit, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political dissension and protest.
Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest list, having quit public life in the wake of his car-crash Newsnight interview addressing Virginia Giuffre’s allegations. The ruler has categorically and consistently disclaimed Giuffre’s claims.
As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55 th birthday, Nato engagements would normally be his gig. But not for the foreseeable future.
Donald Trump arrived after having tea with Prince Charles. Rush-hour traffic had symbolized the president and first lady, Melania Trump, arrived for their Clarence House tea with Charles and Camilla 40 minutes later than expected.
The US president had earlier exposed uncharacteristic limited when worsening to make a few comments on the scandal circumventing Jeffrey Epstein, a guest at his Mar-a-Lago resort.” I don’t know Prince Andrew, but that’s a tough story, it’s a very tough story ,” he said when asked to comment at a breakfast press conference.
The president had undoubtedly forgotten the Palm Beach party in 2000 he had attended, along with the royal and the now disgraced financier, as shown in a photograph taken at the Florida bash. Multiple photos also evidence him with the lord during last year’s position visit.
Invitees to the reception included the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, whose advance territory operation was to immediately confront the president over the NHS. He had written to Trump on Tuesday morning, voicing opposition to the idea that America’s big pharma would muscle its space into Britain’s health service in any UK-US post-Brexit trade deal.
Trump was unlikely to be well set. Earlier “hes having” held the US” wouldn’t stroke the NHS if you gave it to us on a silver dish “. He is also no fan of Corbyn, having previously opined it would be ” far worse” for Britain if Corbyn were to become prime minister.
The Queen was joined by 29 leaders of Nato countries for a group photograph, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the Canadian “ministers “, Justin Trudeau.