Donald Trump’s ‘unpredictability’ a concern for Royal staff as meeting with Queen looms
THE ‘unpredictability” of US President Donald Trump is making Royal staff nervous as his UK visit, during which he will meet the Queen, draws closer, Royal watcher Richard Fitzwilliams has said.
Mr Trump is set to meet the Queen during his trip to the UK, which is scheduled to commence on July 13, and US ambassador Robert Wood Johnson has confirmed his trip will include an audience with Britain’s Head of State – although Buckingham Palace has not commented.
And Mr Fitzwilliams, the former editor of The International Who’s Who, said staff close to Her Majesty were certain to be approaching the meeting, which he believes will happen at Windsor Castle, with some trepidation.
He said: “They are dealing with somebody who is completely unpredictable and no doubt there is a certain amount of concern about how it will all go.
“The actual visit will probably pass off with lots of controversy but no actual problems.
The problem with Mr Trump is that you never absolutely know what he is going to do
“The security aspect will be gigantic, obviously.
“The problem with Mr Trump is that you never absolutely know what he is going to do.
“I don’t think the Queen herself will be concerned _ she’s used to meeting a large number of different Presidents, as well as other dignitaries.
“There is a story, possibly apocryphal, that when the Ceaușescus visited in 1978, she detested them so much she actually hid behind a bush in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to avoid them.
“She has literally seen every kind of monarch and leader and nothing will phase her.
“Nevertheless, I think her staff are probably likely to be looking forward to getting this one out of the way.”
Mr Trump’s visit is a precursor to his official State visit, the date of which has yet to be fixed.
After Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation in 2016, a Parliamentary petition was launched which stated: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
It quickly attracted the 100,000 signatures necessary to be debated in Parliament, with this happening on February 20, 2017, with 1,863,708 people having signed it as of today.
With Mr Trump due to arrive in less than three weeks’ time, details of his visit remain scarce.
It is unclear as to whether he will meet the Royal Princes for example, or Prince Harry’s new American wife Meghan Markle, a staunch supporter of Mr Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.
However, widespread protests are anticipated over the New Yorker’s controversial immigration policies and comments about women.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK