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Harry’s dilemma

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DoraMarr Sat 01-Jun-19 09:31:42

Now, I can take or leave the royal family, but I can see that it might be difficult for Harry to have tea with Donald Trump next week, given that he called Meghan “nasty” in an interview with the Sun. Does he go and accord Trump some degree of politeness commensurate with his position as President of The US, can he shake his hand and engage in small talk like he would with any other visiting head of state, or does he treat him to a frosty silence, or turn his back on him, or not go at all and risk a diplomatic incident?

ditzyme Sat 01-Jun-19 09:34:34

Duty calls. I am sure the Queen would probably rather not have to meet the man, but duty is inbuilt with her position as Queen. There have probably been lots of people she didn't like and didn't want to spend time with, lots of things she's had to do out of duty, but she just puts on that lovely smile and gets on with her job. There already seems to be some friction between certain Royals and Meghan, why make things worse by not 'grinning and bearing it' for an hour or two. Think of that lovely feeling of relief when it's done with.... like coming home from the dreaded dentist!

janeainsworth Sat 01-Jun-19 09:35:43

Is Harry expected to go for tea with him?
Given that Trump has just interfered in a U.K. domestic political matter (election of next Tory Leader) I don’t think Harry not having tea with him would count as a diplomatic incident.
Trump will incite plenty of those all by himself!

BlueBelle Sat 01-Jun-19 09:37:31

Well he can always spit in his tea when his backs turned

Sara65 Sat 01-Jun-19 09:37:34

I’m sure Harry will be the bigger man, as stated previously, the Royals are trained to rise above silly little men like Trump!

EllanVannin Sat 01-Jun-19 09:38:45

I didn't think either Meghan or Harry would be around anyway as Harry has an engagement somewhere and I knew that Meghan refused a meeting from the start.

DoraMarr Sat 01-Jun-19 09:46:31

lemongrove Sat 01-Jun-19 09:57:58

I don’t see any real reason that Harry should meet him,
The Queen, obviously will, and possibly Charles and if anyone else, then William surely, but why Harry?

Anniebach Sat 01-Jun-19 09:59:10

If he didn’t meet Trump it wouldn’t risk a diplomatic incidence, Harry is a minor royal

Anniebach Sat 01-Jun-19 10:03:27

I am sure William and Kate, Charles and Camilla ,Anne and
perhaps Edward and Sophie will attend the banquet , duty first,

Urmstongran Sat 01-Jun-19 10:04:27

Harry is going apparently.

merlotgran Sat 01-Jun-19 10:24:22

Meghan is officially on maternity leave so has the perfect excuse not to meet him. Harry will know what's expected of him.

Callistemon Sat 01-Jun-19 10:38:50

I didn't think that Harry is a minor royal, Anniebach - certainly he is higher ranking than Anne, Edward and Sophie.

He should go, be extremely polite and show by example (not that Trump will learn any manners at this late stage in his life).

Callistemon Sat 01-Jun-19 10:39:39

Maternity leave is the perfect excuse, Merlotgran.
Is Harry on paternity leave or could he claim that?

Anniebach Sat 01-Jun-19 10:46:15

Callisttemon. I was referring to him not attending causing a diplomatic incident, it wouldn’t.

My reference to the others was the royals turn out for royal duties

EllanVannin Sat 01-Jun-19 12:44:33

Keep Philip at arms length, hahahaha.

Gonegirl Sat 01-Jun-19 12:50:08

I think the royals are well versed in how to divide themselves in two. The real them and the official version. Harry will do what he has to do.

Gonegirl Sat 01-Jun-19 12:50:31

Hello Merlot how're you doing? x

Callistemon Sat 01-Jun-19 12:57:36

Keep Philip at arms length, hahahaha.
Now, that could be very interesting!
Let's hope he is there

Davida1968 Sat 01-Jun-19 13:06:58

I suspect that our own dear Queen is in a bit of a quandry at the moment, to say the least. (Has any other "head of state", when invited to meet the Queen for a formal state visit in her own country, announced that they will bring along half a dozen members of their family? Could Trump be any more crass?) I think Harry will simply do what is expected of him (by the Queen) which probably means just turning up, taking very much of a back seat, then legging it as soon as is politely possible!

merlotgran Sat 01-Jun-19 14:26:14

Thanks for asking, Gonegirl. I'm OK.

Nanaval4G Sun 02-Jun-19 10:58:42

The way I have heard it, he only called her nasty after he was told what she said about him, even going as far as to say if he became president she would leave the country. Well she managed that one didn't she. Personally I don't have much time for her. I think she is a user through and through.

jaylucy Sun 02-Jun-19 11:10:22

I thought that only the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla were going to be expected to meet him.
I suppose that there is the dinner that the rest of the Royal Family will attend, Meghan has apparently been excused this due to the fact that she has recently given birth and I have no doubt that Harry can find a "previous arrangement " to not be there as well

mrneduc Sun 02-Jun-19 11:15:23

I get sick of all the Trump bashing. Like him or loath him, he is the elected President of the US and should be accorded at least the same degree of respect we give to other world leaders. Many of these preside over appalling human rights abuse yet we still respect their office and therefore their people. Trump bashing is orchestrated by the left and the MSM who I don’t trust an inch. That’s not to say we should be uncritical - considered, respectful, factual comment yes but not this puerile nonsense

Saggi Sun 02-Jun-19 11:30:09

I wouldn’t shake that mans hand ever. Prince Harry should have ‘ 24 hour flu’