Since American Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May 2018, many have been wondering whether President Donald Trump would be meeting with the now-Duchess of Sussex. However, that long-speculated encounter didn’t happen today.
Meghan did not attend the state banquet thrown in the American president’s honor at Buckingham Palace today. But as the duchess is currently on maternity leave, following the birth of her first child—Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—her absence from the engagement makes a lot of sense. She also missed a royal luncheon with the Trumps at the palace earlier today, which her husband, Prince Harry, did attend with the queen and other family members.
Meghan welcomed baby Archie on May 6 and introduced him to the world in an official photo-call with Prince Harry on May 8. While Prince Harry has made several appearances since then, Meghan has been keeping a low profile.
The royal family’s official Twitter account announced the state visit on April 23, writing: “The President of The United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the U.K.”
Trump was initially invited by the queen in 2017 to visit the United Kingdom. And despite a “working visit” in 2018, during which he met with Queen Elizabeth II, Trump’s official state visit, including a state banquet in his honor, is only now taking place now, in June 2019.