Donald Trump is scheduled to make a state visit to London next Monday and considering how well that’s gone in the past, this trip is sure to have its fair share of drama too. In fact, the drama has already started and Trump has barely deplaned from this week’s wild state visit to Japan. POTUS is scheduled to meet with members of the Royal Family on his visit—as one does—including the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry; but there’s one notable absence: Meghan Markle.
Now, the official reason Meghan won’t be at the private lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth is that she’s still on maternity leave from popping out a baby mere weeks ago. Meghan isn’t expected to resume her royal duties until little Archie is six months old.
While having a baby is a totally acceptable reason to not attend a state function, there’s speculation that Meghan’s absence is for more than just practical reasons. Back before she was even publicly dating Prince Harry—when she was far more open about her politics—the self-described feminist had some not-so-kind words for Donald Trump and his then-proposed policies. Appearing on an episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore in May 2016, the Suits actress called Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic.”
In the same interview, Markle joked that she might just move to Canada permanently if Trump was elected president that November. She was also vocal about her support for Hillary Clinton.
“We film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada,” she said. “I mean come on, if that’s reality we are talking about, come on, that is a game changer in terms of how we move in the world here.”
So it’s possible this is a case of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” (not that calling out misogyny and hate speech is something we should bite our tongues about). Or maybe Megs just wants to spend more time with her baby; can you blame her?
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
There has been no confirmation on whether Prince William and Duchess Kate will meet the Trumps but it’s still a possibility. The released itinerary for the trip says the royals will host an extra lavish state dinner for their American guests and it’s expected that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend.