Prince Andrew is banned from meeting with Donald Trump, as per the Queen’s orders. Donald Trump is set to make an unprecedented second visit to the UK this year, and everyone is standing by ready to welcome him.
Except for Andrew, of course, who is in the middle of a wild controversy. It is rumored that the Queen has not just pushed him out of his royal duties, but plans to basically lock him away from the public for the rest of his (or her, rather) life.
Donald Trump, along with his wife Melania, is set to attend a reception in the UK and hosted by the Queen next month for Nato world leaders. This is just one of a series of events scheduled for Nato leaders to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance.
The president is no stranger to Nato, and has regularly complained about it over the course of his presidency. He is still on track to fly across the pond and sit nicely with them, however.
His last visit with the Queen was just five months ago, where all the pomp and frills of an official visit happened. This is expected to be just as big, as many other leaders will be gathered in the same place.
Unsurprisingly to anyone who has been paying attention, the Queen has reportedly forbidden Andrew from showing up and meeting with Trump.
Everyone else in the royal family available will be there – it’s basically all hands on deck for the Queen, who knows how to throw a good party and wants to set the stage properly.
The plan that has been released so far by the royals is that the Queen, along with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, with formally receive both the leaders and the party.
The Countess of Wessex (Sophie) has a “prior engagement” that prevents her from attending. The Duke of Cambridge (that’s Prince William) is going to be visiting Kuwait and Oman during the Nato reception, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) have officially taken a step back from their duties for the moment, while they focus on their family.
Andrew is notably absent… and has zero excuses for it given to the media, unlike the other royals who won’t be in attendance.
It appears Andrew is still in the doghouse with the Queen over the painful interview he gave to the BBC. Instead of clearing up his image, as he hoped, it put him in hot water as he failed to express sympathy or deny any rumors or wrongdoing.
The official word, from a spokesman for Buckingham Palace, said that the “Duke of York has stepped back from official public duties”. Perhaps not voluntarily, it seems.