The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not attend the reception in Buckingham Palace for NATO leaders, which is set to take place today. However, Kate Middleton will join Queen Elizabeth at the banquet in which the president of U.S. Donald Trump will take part.
Donald Trump will visit London this week for a two-day NATO summit. This visit will include drinks reception at Buckingham Palace. Besides Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Prince William will also skip this event.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stated that they need to take time off with their family for a month after “facing intense scrutiny this year.”
“The Duke and Duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” a source close to the royal couple said to People.
Meghan Markle, although American born princess, still hasn’t met the president of the U.S. The first time Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited Buckingham palace in June this year, Markle was on maternity leave. Trump’s family was welcomed by the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate and William.
Prince William is currently on a tour of the Middle East in Oman and Kuwait, so he also will not attend this royal banquet.
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The Duke of Cambridge is in Kuwait and Oman this week, on a Royal Visit which will pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with the two countries. 🌍 On the first day of his official visit to Kuwait, His Royal Highness learned more about Kuwait’s ambitious plans to protect its natural environment from human and environmental challenges, as well as how the country is engaging and educating young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology. 🍃 At the Jahra Nature Reserve The Duke joined scientists on the reserve’s salt marshes, reed beds and sandy sabkha flats for activities studying the wetlands’ wildlife, before visiting the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre to see how they are engaging young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology. 🏛At the Bayan Palace, The Duke of Cambridge attended an official meeting with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. ⛺️ In a traditional Kuwaiti tent in the desert outside of Kuwait City, The Duke of Cambridge joined young Kuwaitis later in the evening for a special event to experience what makes rural Kuwaiti culture so unique. 📸: @KensingtonRoyal and Press Association