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Meghan Markles family heartbreak: How relatives turned back on Duchess
But what is the reason for Meghan's ongoing family feud?

Meghan is known to have cut ties with many in her complicated family, having only invited her mother, Doria Ragland and her father, Thomas Markle to her Royal Wedding to Prince Harry at St George's chapel in Windsorlast month. Ms Ragland stunned as she gracefully emerged in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Prince Charles keeping her company.

But Meghans father Thomas was unable to attend after suffering a heart attack prior to the ceremony following a dramatic few days in the media where he admitted he posed for paparazzi pictures and said he was too embarrassed to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Meghan's half-siblings, Samantha Markle, 52, and Thomas Markle Jr, 51, were not invited to the ceremony, but have not been shy to express their dislike for the Duchess.

Ms Markle launched a series of attacks against the Duchess ever since news of her Meghan's royal ties came to light.

Meghan and Prince Harry have officially been dating since 2016, and tied the knot on May 19 this year in a lavish ceremony viewed by millions all over the world.

On Monday, Ms Markle accused Meghan of ignoring their father on Father's Day, stating she was not concerned about his welfare.

She said: Humanitarians do not ignore their fathers... Meg.

Happy Fathers Day to all of the self-sacrificing fathers who gave us everything that we are.

Maybe a Fathers Day visit after the PR stunt said a visit would happen, would be appropriate. Ya think?

If youre so worried about Dad, demonstrate it.

Mr Markle Jr, has also been outspoken about his dislike for Meghan - last month, writing an explosive open letter to Prince Harry, slamming the wedding as a "fake fairy tale".

The letter said: "Dear Prince Harry, It's not to late, Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you.

Meghan's half-sister is known to go back and forth on her opinion of the Duchess, showing her support but deviating quickly to speak of her despise towards the former actress.

The Duchess of Sussex has kept her siblings at arms length, making it clear she has little communication with her family.

The Duchess of Sussex has kept her siblings at arms length.

Meghan's family have claimed the actress refused to help their father with money, as well as treating them like complete "strangers" ever since she became "famous", and that she was a "social-climber".

Ms Markle branded her half-sister as narcissistic and selfish, saying that she always wanted to be a princess.

Speaking to the Sun, she said: Hollywood has changed her. I think her ambition is to become a princess. It was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV."

Meghan is known to have cut ties with many in her complicated family.




Susan Sarandon Breaks Royal Protocol by Introducing Herself to Queen Elizabeth

Looks like Susan Sarandon wasn't about to pass up an opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II!

The 71-year-old actress Susan Sarandon
attended the Royal Windsor Cup polo match on Sunday at Guards Polo Club in Egham, England, where at one point, she got up and introduced herself to the queen. Though the gesture was harmless, royal protocol states that guests should wait to be introduced to the queen before speaking to her.

But the queen -- who remained seated in her chair -- clearly didn't seem to mind, flashing Sarandon a huge smile as the two shook hands.

Meanwhile, Prince Philip remained in his chair. The Daily Express reports that 97-year-old Prince Philip didn't seem to know who Sarandon was, who was clad in a white dress and red sandals.


Of course, following royal protocol can be a challenge -- even for Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Earlier this month, a source told ET that Markle has been turning to members of the royal family and the staff to ensure she doesn't have a misstep.

"She has been warmly embraced by both Kate [Middleton] and Camilla [Duchess of Cornwall], and even Harry has been doing what he can to make sure she feels comfortable and at ease," the source said.

The source also said the queen in particular has embraced Markle, as evidenced by the former Suits star recently accompanying the 92-year-old monarch to three royal engagements in Cheshire, England.

"Meghan will overnight on the royal train with Her Majesty, an opportunity for the two to spend some quality time together, [and] another sign of how Meghan has been embraced in the royal family and how much confidence they have in her," the source said at the time. "Kate did her first solo event with the queen a full nine months after marrying William. Many members of the royal family have never been aboard the royal train with the queen. It is a huge honor and a sign of how well Meghan is doing adjusting to the royal family."

Sarandon was likely unaware of the tradition, but the Queen seemed to enjoy her company all the same. The monarch, 92, offered a big smile while her husband, Prince Philip, 97, appeared not to recognize Sarandon. U.K. outlet the Daily Express reported that he leaned across his wife seemingly to get a better look at the face of their visitor.
Sporting a low-cut white dress and red sandals, the Academy Award-winning actress, 71, stood out at the event, the oldest tournament that takes place on the Windsor grounds. This was the second weekend polo event in a row for the royal couple.



Royal blunder! Susan Sarandon BREAKS Royal protocol in bemusing encounter with the Queen
HOLLYWOOD superstar Susan Sarandon may have broken Royal protocol after introducing herself to the Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Windsor Cup Polo on Sunday at Guards Polo Club.

Susan Sarandon shook hands with the Queen at the Royal Windsor Cup polo event on Sunday

The actress shook hands with the Royal Couple, and received a warm smile and outstretched arm from the Queen.

However Prince Philip appeared more bemused by the American actress, and even leant over to the Queen to work out who she was.

The couples confused expression following the encounter was perhaps due to the actress breaching Royal protocol which stipulates guests should wait until being introduced to the Queen before speaking to the Monarch.

Ms Sarandon attended the prestigious event in a plunging scallop neck white embroidered dress, revealing a hint of cleavage.

Ms Sarandon is famous for her starring roles in films including Thelma and Louise

The glamorous actress accessorised her striking ensemble with oversized black sunglasses and red sandals.

She stunned the crowd with her signature wind-swept hairstyle and red locks, adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to the event.

The actress is famous for her roles in classics including Thelma and Louise, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The polo tournament is also one of the five most prestigious in the world and attracts some of the most significant players.

It is the oldest tournament to take place at the prestigious grounds, and Prince Philip himself previously won the trophy.

Prince Philip has been noticeably absent from Royal engagements since retiring in August 2017, and opted not to attend Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot in recent weeks.

However polo remains one of his strongest passions, and he accompanied the Queen in handing out prizes to the winners.

He was also spotted at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St Georges Chapel in Windsor in May, and has been seen driving a carriage around Windsor Great Park.

The Queen was most recently spotted at Windsor, where she attended all five days of the prestigious horse racing event.

Her Majesty spoke about her fondness for Royal Ascot in her foreword for the official programme, stating: "My family and I greatly look forward to Royal Ascot.

"As the Royal meeting has evolved in recent times, it remains one of Britain's finest sporting occasions with 300,000 racegoers enjoying the unique heritage of Royal Ascot every year, and many more people watching at home.



Another Japanese Princess Has Chosen Love Over Her Royal Title

The Imperial Household officially announced that Princess Ayako of Japan will marry a commoner this fall.

While Prince William did not have to forego his right to the throne when he married commoner Kate Middleton in 2011, not all royals are so lucky. The women in the Japanese royal family, for example, forfeit their titles if they do so.

And now, Princess Ayako of Japan has just done that. Japans Imperial Household announced that she will marry a commoner, Kei Moriya, this fall. Moriya, who works at shipping firm NYK Line, was introduced to Ayoko by her mother, Princess Hisako.

Their engagement will become official in a traditional court ceremony this August, and their wedding will take place in October, according to The Japan Times. Afterwards, Princess Ayako will leave the royal family.

Ayako isnt the first royal woman to make this tough choice: Last year, Japans Princess Mako also gave up her royal rights to marry her college sweetheart. However, the two have since postponed their wedding.

Yes, its a story of a princess choosing love over everything. But it may also shine a light on the apparent sexism of Japans Imperial Household Law, which not only rules that females marrying commoners must relinquish their status, but also that only males can become emperor. The United Kingdom got rid of their primogeniture law in 2011, declaring that William and Kate Middletons firstborn child, boy or girl, would be the next ruler of England. Since it was Prince George, traditions were upheld. But when Prince Louis was born in April, Princess Charlotte became the first British princess not to be demoted by a younger brothers arrival.

Thats not to say that Japan isnt apt to change their waysjust last year, they passed a law that will allow Emperor Akihito abdicate the throne due to old age (previously, the emperor appointment was for life). Perhaps another royal revision is on the horizon.




This New Royal Baby's Name Is a Tribute to Queen Elizabeth


Update, June 27: The British royal family has just revealed the name of Zara Tindall's newborn daughter: Lena Elizabeth. The middle name, of course, is a tribute to the baby's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth. (The baby's grandmother is Princess Anne, the queen's second child and only daughter.) As for the baby's first name, a spokesperson says it's pronounced Lay-na and was "just a name they liked." Lena Elizabeth joins older sister Mia Grace to make a family of four. Congratulations!

Originally posted on January 5, 2018: Congratulations are in order: A Buckingham Palace spokesperson has confirmed that Zara Tindall is pregnant with her second child, per People. Tindall, who is married to rugby player Mike Tindall, is Princess Anne's daughter and one of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildrenwhich also makes her Prince William and Prince Harry's cousin. The Tindalls already have a daughter, Mia, who will turn 4 later this month.

Of course, this isn't the only royal baby on the wayKate Middleton is expecting her third child, a sibling to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in April. Add in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending wedding, and it's safe to say this year is an especially exciting one for the royal family. Congratulations again to the soon-to-be family of four.

Zara and Mike Tindall have named their baby daughter Lena Elizabeth,

a spokeswoman for the couple said.
- Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) June 27, 2018



Meghan has been an impeccable dresser since long before her days as a member of the royal family, of course, but since tying the knot with Harry, she's taken her style game to a level we didn't even know existed. Since her wedding, Meghan has stuck mostly to shades of white, cream, and blush pink during her official public outings and her Audi Polo look is no exception.

Now that Harry and Meghan are husband and wife, her public wardrobe is paid for by Harry's father, Prince Charles (along with Harry's, William's, and Kate Middleton's).

"It does fall now, that she is married into the royal family, to the Prince of Wales... to cover the cost of her working royal wardrobe," Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. "Meghan is now an ambassador for the royal family. Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I'd argue that's worth every penny."



Prince Charles Shares Never-Before-Seen Portraits of William and Harry That Hang in His Own Home

People Simon Perry,People 14 hours ago

Prince Charles is celebrating his 70th birthday with the release of private family portraits that will be included in a palace exhibit this summer.

The poignant sketches some of which have never been seen before were created during the formal portrait process. Included in the collection are preparatory oil sketches of Prince William and Prince Harry, created by Nicky Phillipps as she painted Charles sons for their first official portrait together in 2009.

The oil paintings usually hang on the walls of Highgrove, the private residence of Charles, 69, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and will go on public display for the first time during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace in a special exhibit called Prince & Patron.

Charles will also display an oil sketch of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Michael Noakes as he prepared a painting to mark the silver wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1972.


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In a specially-recorded message for visitors to the palace, Charles says he acquired it from the artist as I felt it brilliantly captured her likeness and, above all, reminds me of the essence of her personality. I admire it often when in residence at Clarence House.

Charles has also revealed a special pencil sketch study by Bryan Organ for his 1983 portrait of his father, Prince Philip, 97. The final painting hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
This years summer opening of Buckingham Palace, from July 21 to September 30, (tickets can be purchased from the Royal Collection) is themed around Charles upcoming 70th birthday in November and brings together over 100 works of art selected by him from both the Royal Collection, his own collection and created by artists supported by three of his charities the Royal Drawing School, The Princes Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain.



Pregnant Pippa Middleton Just Channeled Sister Kate in the Perfect Summer Maternity Dress

Pippa Middleton is taking maternity style cues from her sister, Kate Middleton!

The expectant mom stepped out on Tuesday in a maternity dress that has definite royal approval. Pippa, who is expecting her first child with husband James Matthews this fall, wore an $89 white cotton sundress with blue lace detailing from the maternity label, Seraphine, which is one of Princess Kates favorite designers.

The royal mom of three wore the maternity label several times during all of her pregnancies, and even recycled favorite looks several times.

Pippa paired the summery dress with comfortable sneakers as she ran errands around London.

The mom-to-be, 34, also revealed that she did not battle severe pregnancy sickness, or Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), unlike her sister, Princess Kate.

I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness. That meant I was able to carry on as normal, Pippa wrote.

In another column, she said she was taking elite fitness inspiration from tennis star Serena Williams.

Ive been a tennis fan since childhood, as a player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout my pregnancy, Pippa, 34, writes.

Take Serena Williams, she continues. She famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.

Few of us can relate to this elite excellence, but if youre a healthy, well-trained player with an uncomplicated pregnancy theres no reason why you cant continue a good level of tennis, she writes.

The important thing to keeping healthy and exercising during pregnancy, Pippa writes, is to enjoy releasing energizing through rallying, footwork and working on core strength.

Pippa has had a busy few months, attending a few events with the royal family. She was on hand for Prince Harrys royal wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May, and on Monday, her nephew, Prince Louis, will have his royal christening at the Chapel Royal at St. Jamess Place in London.



Prince Charles' Guest Appearance on MasterChef Left Fans Baffled & Angry

Prince Charles clearly lives by The Bachelor franchise rules:
no eating on camera.
And he did just that on his recent MasterChef guest appearance.

MasterChef and royal family fans were on the edge of their respective seats waiting with bated breath for Prince Charles' appearance on the Australian version of the show. But when it came time for Prince Charles to actually eat food a pretty vital part of this cooking competition aside from, well, cooking food he just straight-up didn't. If you didn't watch the episode, here's actual footage of Prince Charles avoiding food:

Ha! Just kidding. But wallaby tartare did go cold. Green ant canapé was avoided like the plague. Goat cheese mouse with bush spices didn't even get prodded with a fork. Prince Charles was not about that MasterChef guest judge life.

Of course, fans were downright shocked! Totally outraged! Fires were started! A city has been turned to rubble! And by all that, I mean people took to Twitter to tweet their outrage.

The Prince of Wales was a guest of honor at a reception for 150 guests. According to News.com.au, contestants worked with the following ingredients: kangaroo, buffalo and crocodile as well as Kakadu plum, quandongs, rainforest lychees, lilly pilly, finger limes, desert limes and saltbush.

"The Prince of Wales is well known for loving everything home grown," MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan told the outlet. "This is a tremendous honor for us all. It is not only an enormous privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cook for His Royal Highness but a challenge too."

It's rumored that Prince Charles had a few valid excuses to suppress his appetite that night. According to The Sun, the royal family avoids eating shellfish and any raw meats while traveling to prevent getting food poisoning. And some even believe there's a "secret" rule that forbids the family from eating on camera. Or, and here's a wild guess, maybe he just wasn't hungry.

More: Meghan Markle Is Banned From Eating This Food While Traveling

Leading up to the tasting, though, all the contestants were incredibly nervous to meet Prince Charles, and when they finally did, he charmed their pants off. He was an absolute delight he even joked about the heat!

"This is something I'll remember forever!"

Our contestants had the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only cater for His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales but also to meet him.

@ClarenceHouse #MasterChefAU
1:50 PM - Jul 4, 2018




A source told ET last month that Markle is excited about her new Duchess role, and has been "anxious" to "jump in" and learn as much as possible about British life ever since she wed Prince Harry.

"She's ready to work as much as she can on as many projects as they will allow," the source said, adding that the royal family has been "impressed" with Markle's genuine desire to engage in charitable projects.

Since the May 19 wedding, the former actress has been accompanying the royal family to a number of public outings. One of her most recent appearances was at the Young Leader Awards reception at Buckingham Palace, where a source tells us she felt "completely at ease" with Her Royal Majesty.

"She has developed an increasingly close, warm relationship with [both] the queen and her father-in-law, Prince Charles," the source said. "She wants to please them and is doing whatever she can to educate herself to make sure she doesn't put a foot wrong."

Though Meghan Markle has only been married to Prince Harry for a matter of weeks, some people think she's already adapting a British accent.

Fans noticed that the former Suits star had a hint of an English lilt... Tell us what you think in the poll above, but other people certainly seem to think Meghan is speaking with a newly acquired accent, and the reaction is...mixed. Some people are surprised...



Thailand cave rescue begins: Operation to bring out first group of trapped boys to take about 11 hours


A family member prays near the Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 schoolboys and their football coach are trapped  - REUTERS

    Rescue operation begins at 10am local time
    First group expected to emerge at 9pm local time (3pm BST)
    13 foreigners taking part in rescue
    Meet the 'A-Team' of heroic volunteer British divers who led search

A lengthy rescue operation has begun to bring out 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped for more than two weeks in a cave in northern Thailand.

A total of 13 foreigners and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue, which was launched at 10am local time (4am BST).

The first boys, who will each be accompanied by two divers, were expected to emerge about 9pm, meaning the trip would take around 11 hours.

"Today is the D-day. The boys are ready to face any challenges," rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters near the cave site.

With dark monsoon rainclouds looming overhead, Thai authorities  evacuated an area around the cave so that a "rescue operation" could take place.

The threat of further downpours heightened the risks at the cave where rescuers were still waging a "war with water and time".

Thailand cave rescue, in pictures

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old chaperone after football practice on June 23 as they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in a forest park near the border with Myanmar.

"Assessing the situation now, it is necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation," said Mae Sai police commander Komsan Sa-ardluan over a loudspeaker. "Those unrelated to the rescue operation, please evacuate the area immediately."

As the large media contingent began packing up equipment, ambulances arrived at the mouth of the limestone cave.

"From the situation assessment, we need to use the area to help victims," police said.

Following a relatively dry spell, fresh torrential downpours could pose a setback to rescuers who have struggled to drain the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Weather.com forecast sustained thunderstorms lasting through Sunday and Monday, with further stormy weather expected for around the next two weeks.

Gong Hui, a Chinese diver involved in the operation that has drawn some 130 Thai and international divers, told Reuters on Saturday before the fresh rains that water levels in the cave had "receded a lot" after sustained pumping had removed millions of litres of water.

The dive through dark, narrow passageways sometimes no more than two-feet (0.6- meter) wide has challenged some of the world's leading cave divers.

A former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit died during a dive on Thursday night, a grim turn in what began two weeks ago as an outing to celebrate the birthday of one of the boys.



Queen Elizabeth Had a Full Week of Events in Scotland


Just one week after she felt under the weather.

After reportedly feeling under the weather and having to miss a service at St. Pauls Cathedral last week, the Queen appears to be back in full form at Holyrood Week, an annual tradition in which the monarch visits various regions of Scotland to celebrate its culture. On Thursday, she was joined by her grandson Prince William and Princess Anne at the Order of the Thistle, per Kensington Palace. The Queen wore traditional velvet robes down to her feet and a white-plumed hat as she walked through the streets of Edinburgh during a procession from St. Giles Cathedral to town center in 70-degree weather.


Well, maybe they dont say that, but it certainly applies to Queen Elizabeths week. After reportedly feeling under the weather and having to miss a service at St. Pauls Cathedral last week, the Queen appears to be back in full form at Holyrood Week, an annual tradition in which the monarch visits various regions of Scotland to celebrate its culture. On Thursday, she was joined by her grandson Prince William and Princess Anne at the Order of the Thistle, per Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn joins The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to attend the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

The Queen wore traditional velvet robes down to her feet and a white-plumed hat as she walked through the streets of Edinburgh during a procession from St. Giles Cathedral to town center in 70-degree weather. After the procession, the royals traditionally attend a ceremony at St. Giles to confirm new members into the Order of the Thistle, which is the highest honor in Scotland.

The latest people to receive the honor for their public service are Sir Richard Scott, who is the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and businessman and philanthropist Sir Ian Wood. Per the Daily Mail, there are just 16 knights within the order, including Prince William and his aunt Anne.



A Body Language Analysis of Kate with Prince Louis


In today's royal family news, Prince Louis has been officially christened into the church of England at The Chapel Royal in St. James' Palace. Oh, and it's the first time we've seen the sweet, very sleepy, royal tike in public since he was carried out of the Lindo Wing on April 23. But while all eyes were on little Louis (it is his day, after all), ours were focused on seasoned mum, Kate Middleton.

The Duchess, who wore a white Alexander McQueen dress, has a habit of being very protective of her children, especially during their first outings. Then again, what mother wouldn't be? Here, body language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, analyzes the way Kate interacted with all three of her children at their christenings, and points out some key differences in the way she appeared with each of them, which Wood thinks could be because of their place in line for the throne.

Prince George

Born: July 22, 2013

Christened: October 23, 2013

Like any first-time mom, Kate was definitely more protective of little George during his christening in 2013. She held on tight to the future King (no, not William). Notice how she's got one hand scooped under his dress?

"This shows a hidden connection [between Kate and George]," Wood says. "And it's more of a desire to touch skin and feel a little bit more secure."

Wood notes that gentle skin-to-skin contact is also a way for a mother to comfort her child. Since George is wide awake (unlike Louis), Kate is using her motherly instincts to keep him calm. She also points out that Kate has positioned George facing outward as a way to show him off to the world.

"George's role in the monarchy is different, so, of course, the whole moment would be presented differently," Wood says.
Princess Charlotte

Born: May 2, 2015

Christened: July 5, 2015


With Charlotte's christening, Wood immediately notices the overall feel of the occasion seemed very different. Being christened is a symbolic event in the church, and it's an important one to the royal family, too, so it tends to be very formal. However, Wood says Charlotte's christening felt more like a regular family get-together-and it's all thanks to Kate's posture.

"She typically has wonderful posture, but what we see here is more lifted shoulders that are up and back, with even more confidence," Wood explains. "She's less shy and introverted, here. Her smile is much more enthusiastic and animated."

Another key difference in the event: Kate decided to push Charlotte in a pram before and after the ceremony.

Photo credit: Getty Images

"It's like this I'm-just-pushing-my-baby-through-the-park kind of feel to it, and there's an ease in her not having to carry her," Wood says. "It's also something that happens when you have more than one child." #Relatable.
Prince Louis

Born: April 23, 2018

Christened: July 9, 2018


Today, however, Kate arrived at the church holding Louis in her arms, similar to the way she held George. "She's cradling underneath and lifting up, which is really sweet," Wood says. "She feels maybe like the baby is a little more fragile. It's more of a protective and anchoring hold, which gives the baby more support."

When the family of five exited the church, Wood pointed out a very sweet, intimate bond between Louis and Kate.

"Her head is bent down in a mutual gaze. He is much closer to her body, and in this moment, it's just the two of them making a connection," she says. "We see a moment where they are connected as if the baby was still inside of her."


And though Kate's body language has subtly changed from baby to baby-quite possibly due to where each one stands in line for the crown-there's been one constant throughout Wood's read of each christening: Kate is always exuding pure happiness in her grin. I mean, just look at that beaming smile.




President Trump made some major missteps when meeting the Queen

President Trump met with the queen of England today and committed several protocol gaffes that left many feeling that his behavior was an insult to Britain and lacked the respect that should be shown the monarch and if not a monarch, a 92-year-old woman.

Trump is tardy. Queen checks watch. Queen: Where is that nitwit?

Queen Elizabeth walks with President Trump.
(Photo: Getty Images)

The president was soundly condemned on social media for walking in front of Queen Elizabeth as they inspected a guard of honor of the Coldstream Guards. The queen was forced to bob and weave as she caught up to walk alongside him.

Trump did appear to notice, and in the video below youll see that as she catches up with him, she gives the tiniest gesture with her hand, signaling to him to continue walking.

Matthew McGregor @mcgregormt

Im not a monarchist by any stretch of the imagination but this is such an insult to Britain. Absolutely clueless, classless, thoughtless, lacking in any dignity and without a shred of respect.

Earlier, the president and first lady Melania Trump defied protocol when they greeted the queen: They did not bow or curtsy, but instead opted to simply shake hands. It is not obligatory to bow, as Americans are not her subjects, but doing so is widely considered good manners.

They also were late when meeting Queen Elizabeth, causing her to check her watch, on camera, several times. Overall, a certain deference to the queen is expected. Arrive before her, dont speak unless spoken to or sit or eat until she has, and never turn your back or leave before she does. Trump managed to publicly flout a few of these rules of protocol.

And, as one person pointed out, his overall behavior was disrespectful and thoughtless toward an elderly woman, queen or not.

Sandra @seb4466

Even if she wasn't the Queen, what a way to treat a 92 year old woman acting at your host. He acts like he was raised by the son of a bordello owner.
9:43 PM - Jul 13, 2018

nahS @Le_nahS

The lack of respect especially for female foreign leaders & officials is pretty consistent
9:10 PM - Jul 13, 2018

Even though the royal familys approach to royal protocol is reportedly much more relaxed than it used to be, these gaffes intentional or not are causing a bit of a backlash.

Trump will be the latest in a very long line of American presidents who have met Queen Elizabeth. HRH has met with every sitting president since ascending to the throne in 1952, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.



I'm disgusted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had to meet him in the first place.

@RobinHof @RobsinBuda

Suspect she may have felt the same. But then the Queen is, by all accounts, a highly professional lady. Love or hate her, can't question her dedication.

Jon the Alienist
‏ @JonAlienist
6 .6

I agree, however I still cant understand why she would need to. He does not deserve to meet her.


Im pretty sure that glove adjustment was a secret code for her detail. Hes just lucky she didnt switch her purse to the other arm or put it on a table.


Just a disrespect tactic. That's what he's been doing. You know he wouldn't be late for  a Trump hotel opening.


She was too polite. She should have left!!

‏ @mikialakim
3 .3

Oh, my goodness, he was trying to show the Queen whos boss.  Did he pee on the bushes too? Please, dont tell me he peed on the bushes...


‏ @wiredfire
3 .3

Surely the escort should arrive prior to the time of the meeting so they could meet at the given time? Kinda like how parking your car outside the cinema as the movie starts isn't really *quite* being there on time.

@RobsinBuda @suefew

She's over 90 years old! Good grief. He has no respect for anyone. Un-effing-believable.
Should have known, of course.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Trump to Windsor Castle

=Spoiler ():

Nicki nurse
I'm sure it was no accident that he walked ahead of the Queen....jerk! Couldn't slow down for a 90 year old woman! Then as he's already breached protocol...she waves him on like go ahead walk in front of me as if it's her idea & ok with her. He's insufferable! All he's missing to make the US look like a country of trailer trash hillbillies are a few hundred of his illiterate minions in the red hats spitting tobacco .

Ok....I have a few problems here....Melania not curtseying to the Queen.  Disrepectful....Donald with his jacket open....doesn't that man have clothes that fit him?

Phyllis Glowing
Melania new face looks tight as a drum.




Queen Elizabeth II Checks Her Watch as Donald Trump Keeps Her Waiting at 1st Official Meeting

The president and Melania Trump were a bit tardy for their meeting with the queen at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II was spotted checking her watch as she was waiting for the arrival of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on Friday.

Various Twitter users noticed that the 92-year-old monarch -- stylishly dressed in a periwinkle blue coat with a matching hat and blue-and-yellow floral dress -- was waiting by herself for much longer than expected, and at one point took out her watch to check the time.

"Oh dear, she just looked at her watch. The Queen does NOT like tardiness," reporter Patricia Treble wrote alongside a screenshot of the queen holding up her arm and pointing at her watch. The gesture was also captured on camera and posted by another user on social media.

Trump is tardy. Queen checks watch.
Queen:  Where is that nitwit?#QueenElizabeth #TrumpUK #TrumpVisitUK
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The queen then led President Trump to inspect the Coldstream Guards, one of Britain's oldest army units.
The moment was quite comical as Trump kept walking, then stopping, not noticing where the queen was.

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Trump Gets His Moment With the Queen, Capping Turbulent U.K. Visit


At Windsor Castle Friday afternoon, Donald Trumps brief but tumultuous visit to the United Kingdom came to a smooth, dignified, and perfectly choreographed endlargely because no one handed him a microphone.

Trump didnt bow and his wife didnt curtsey on arrival at Queen Elizabeth IIs country estate as might have been expected, but, on the plus side, he did shake Her Majestys hand like a normal human being, rather than attempting to arm wrestle a 92-year-old lady to assert his dominance.

From the moment the presidential chopper touched down in Windsor Great Parkwhich was last seen on American TV screens when Harry and Meghan rode in a carriage on its three-mile Long Walk after their weddingit was clear that the red carpet was being rolled out.

Thirty miles away in London, blimps of big babies authorized by Mayor Sadiq Khan may have been flying in the air as tens of thousands of protestors swarmed the streets, but at postcard-perfect Windsor Castle, Donald and Melania Trump were given a welcome fit for a king.

The queen, glimmering in a blue suit and hat as sparkling as the blue skies that canopied the castle, took the lead, firmly pointing with a regal finger to where Trump and his wife should stand, as they ascended a tented dais where she had been patiently awaiting his arrival for several minutes.

A small but perfectly formed display of British pomp and ceremony ensued on Windsor Castles famous Quadrangle, which was bathed in summer sunshine.

Her Majestys personal guard of honor, 100 soldiers drawn from the Coldstream Guards, gathered on the great lawn of Windsor Castle, accompanied by the Guards marching band of 30 men who played The Star Spangled Banner as Trump became the 12th president of the United States to meet the queen.

Despite the baking hot day, the guardsmen were fully attired in their distinctive bearskin hats, and Trump was then invited to inspect the guard of honor.

While the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards are the British Armys longest serving unit, and its band is one of the finest and best-known military marching bands in the world, Trump did perhaps look slightly underwhelmed to be presented with such a bijou display of British pageantry.

But, as the British government has been at pains to make clear, this was a working visit with ceremonial attributes, not a full-blown state visit.

This meant that instead of a regiment, he had to be content with a company, instead of Buckingham Palace, he had to be content with Windsor Castle, and instead of a state dinner, he had to be content with afternoon tea with the queen (although most people would take the informality of afternoon tea over the rigid formality of a state banquet any day of the week).

The queen would have poured tea for her guests at Windsor Castle, and served them a choice of jam and cucumber sandwiches, and was no doubt quietly hoping he wouldnt choose to release the content of their private conversation the moment he clambers aboard Air Force One.



Trump arrives at Blenheim Palace - BBC News

Theresa and Philip May stand alongside Donald and Melania Trump on the steps of the palace to listen to Liberty Fanfare, the National Emblem, and a special arrangement of Dear Lord and Father of Mankind with Amazing Grace, played by the guards. There are bagpipes mixed in to the arrangement, in a nod to Mr Trump's Scottish connections.



Melania Trump arrives in Victoria Beckham dress for Chelsea visit - Daily Mail

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Melania Trump, 48, showed off her playful side as she tried her hand at bowls as she joined Philip May for a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on Friday morning. The first lady, who wore a £1,550 Victoria Beckham dress and 4in heels, looked in excellent spirits as she joined Chelsea Pensioners and local schoolchildren for the game (top left and right). Mrs Trump, who will later join the president to meet the Queen, ended her turn on the green by high-fiving a Chelsea Pensioner, much to his delight (bottom left).



What's at stake in Trump's summit with Putin
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Former President George W. Bush famously looked into the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin and sensed the soul of a man he deemed to be very straightforward and trustworthy. Then in 2008, with the Bush administration preoccupied with the war in Iraq, Russian troops invaded Georgia and occupied two breakaway provinces in order to successfully forestall that countrys NATO candidacy. When he came into office, President Barak Obama was determined to hit a reset in U.S.-Russian relations, only to see Russian troops invade Ukraine and annex Crimea in 2014 to preclude that country falling into the economic sphere of the European Union.

On Monday in Helsinki, it will be President Trumps turn to take the measure of a former KGB agent steeped in the cloak-and-dagger culture of Cold War espionage. Putin has shown himself to be not only utterly ruthless, but also arguably the greatest geopolitical risk taker of his generation of leaders.

Under Putins guiding hand, the Kremlin muscled into the Middle East by militarily backing a war criminal in Syria who has repeatedly attacked his own citizens with chemical weapons. Putins regime is also strongly suspected of murdering domestic opponents within the shadow of the Kremlin, and of recently trying to assassinate perceived traitors with nerve agent in faraway Great Britain. Putin has called the breakup of the former Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century, and has officially designated the U.S.-led NATO alliance a threat to Russian national security. Time and again, he has shown a talent for perceiving strategic weakness in his opponents, and using it to carve out a privileged sphere of influence in Russias neighborhood with military force.

For his part, Trump comes to Helsinki having roiled and divided the Western alliance of democracies with last months G-7 summit debacle, and this weeks chaotic NATO summit. During both gatherings, Trump constantly harangued close allies, while offering only praise for the Russian strongman. He even suggested that Russia should be allowed back into the G-7 after being expelled for its aggression against Ukraine.

Trump will also arrive in Helsinki still under the cloud of a special counsel investigation into his campaigns possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded was done to help Trump win. On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committees computer server to influence the 2016 presidential election. The surreal timing of the indictments makes this perhaps the most unusual, and one of the riskiest, set-piece summits between Washington and Moscow in the post-World War II era.

If I were still secretary of Defense I would have urged President Trump not to even hold the summit at this time, because Putin is going to use it as validation that he is a global power player, just like [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un used the recent Singapore summit for the same purpose, and Trump is going to give them both what they want with no indication that the summits will substantively address the serious outstanding issues we have with both countries, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen told Yahoo News. He noted that at the recent G-7 summit, Trump reportedly told other world leaders that Crimea is part of Russia because everyone there speaks Russian. When Trump seems to give Russia a pass on annexing Crimea by force because they speak Russian, that sends a chill down the spine of the Baltic countries and other neutral nations in the region who also have Russian-speaking enclaves, and where Russia has been meddling. So if Im Putin, Im already breaking open the vodka over this summit.

Of course, Trump has a point when he argues that establishing constructive relations between the globes preeminent nuclear weapons powers would be a good thing, and there are certainly weighty issues to discuss. Chief among them are Russias continued meddling in the elections of the United States and other Western democracies; suspected Russian nerve agent attacks in Great Britain; a tattered peace process and continued fighting in Ukraine, and the Western sanctions on Russia for its actions there; a viable end game to the civil war in Syria, where Russia and Iran have backed the Assad regime and U.S. forces remain fighting the remnants of the Islamic State and backing some anti-Assad rebels; and nuclear arms control at a time when U.S. officials charge that Russia is already in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and when both sides have threatened a new nuclear arms race.

Those are the big issues in U.S.-Russian relations, and theres been very little progress on any of them since Trump came into office, said Stephen Sestanovich, senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Trump has said all along that he wants to get along with Russia, but its not clear if that means overcoming our differences in ways that advance U.S. interests, or just ignoring them.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, November 2017.
(Photo: Jorge Silva/Pool photo via AP)

On that score Trumps performance at the recent Singapore, G-7 and NATO summits continues to have many experts and close allies on edge. In Singapore, Trump likewise met one-on-one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with no aides or note takers present. The two leaders emerged with a vaguely worded promise from Kim to denuclearize, and Trump surprised his South Korean allies and the Pentagon by unilaterally declaring a halt to provocative U.S.-South Korean military exercises, adopting the rhetoric of the North Koreans.

When I was in uniform and in these high-level meetings between the U.S. and potential adversaries, you never wanted the leaders to meet alone because it was impossible to know exactly what was said and agreed to. It should be even more unthinkable when you consider Putin meeting alone with Trump, who I dont think understands the nuance of deterrence, said retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, former head of U.S. Southern Command. As a cautionary example of what can go wrong in high-level messaging even by experienced statesmen, he pointed to a 1950 speech by then Secretary of State Dean Acheson that outlined the United States defensive perimeter in Asia, and failed to include the Korean Peninsula. Many historians believe that was interpreted by North Korea as a green light for the invasion of the South it launched months later, starting a war that claimed millions of lives.

If President Trump says anything at the summit that Putin interprets as a lack of U.S. commitment to defending our Eastern European or Baltic allies, then the risk of Russian aggression will go up dramatically, said McCaffrey. And Putin is a known risk taker.

At this weeks NATO summit in Brussels, Trump leveled some of the most pointed public criticisms of U.S. allies ever heard in the annals of the Western alliance, and then forced a last-minute emergency meeting to privately threaten that the United States would go it alone if the allies failed to bend to his will and increase defense spending. That performance ensured that Trump will be negotiating face-to-face with NATOs chief antagonist with a divided and distrustful alliance at his back.

After Trumps recent summits, the Europeans are very concerned that his instinct is to pick fights with and belittle our democratic allies, and placate authoritarian leaders, Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, and currently the faculty chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvards Kennedy School of Government, said in an interview. You have to remember, at the heart of NATO strategy is deterrence, and that depends on the American president being steadfast in sending signals to the likes of Putin that he better not even think about interfering in the Baltics or Poland, because the United States will be there to block you. If President Trump muddles that message, which I think is likely, then our European allies are very worried that Putin will be emboldened to make mischief.



Vladimir Putin To Fox News: Donald Trump Too Insignificant To Collect Dirt On Before Election

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UPDATED: Russian ruler Vladimir Putin huffed and puffed his way through a sit down with Fox News, insisting Russia as a state, has never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States, let alone its elections.

Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans? he asked, wide-eyed.

Were sorry to report Chris Wallace did not answer duh-yes. But anyway, it would not have mattered because Putin answered for him, saying This is utterly ridiculous!

Putin claimed, as had Trump at todays presser, that the DNC is to blame for being hacked.

Putin dismissed Special Counsel Robert Muellers charges against one of Putins most trusted henchman, who fronts a catering service, feigning incredulity that Mueller had accused a certain private company in Russia that is not even a very big enterprise; its core area of competence is a restaurant business.

He again said Mueller should have worked with his people, per a treaty between the two countries, on his investigation, scolding, Why wouldnt Special Counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?

Putin didnt actually say witch hunt, going with the considerably less zippy dirty methods in the political rivalry when he derided the Mueller probe as the internal political games of the United States.

Dont make the relationship between Russia and the United States dont hold it hostage of this internal political struggle, Putin advised, adding, its quite clear to me that this is used in the internal political struggle, and its nothing to be proud of for American democracy, to use such dirty methods in the political rivalry.

Video: Trump Faces Backlash for Aligning With Putin After Summit

But Putin sounded very Trump-y when he said he said he actually had some doubts about the appointment of Mueller in the first place.

I think that American court now believes that it was done with the infringement of the American legislation, but thats none of my business. Please address it yourself, he scoffed.

Wallace corrected Putin, saying Congress did not appoint Mueller, the DOJ did.

As had the AP during the presser, Wallace asked Putin to comment on reports he had kompromat on Trump, and that, as a skilled politician and former KGB officer he finds Trump easy to play using trigger phrases like Fake News and Deep State.

Pretending the very idea bunched his undies, Putin huffed, Well, the first point Im about to make is why did we take talk about like this, polite people? Why should this come as a surprise? Was it worth going all the way to Helsinki, going through the Atlantic, to just insult one another and well, its not exactly the diplomatic standard in the world. There is no need to go and meet a person if you just want to insult another person. We met to try to find a way for improving our relationship and not aggravating it or destroying it completely.

But the highlight of the interview had to be his response when asked if he has something on Trump. Trump was too puny a fish, pre-White House, for him to have bothered to collect compromising information on, Putin said.

I dont want to insult President Trump when I say this and I may come as rude but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us, the former KGB honcho insisted.

He was a rich person, but, well, theres plenty of rich persons in the United States. He was in the construction business. He organized the beauty pageants. But no, it would never occur to anyone that he would think of running for president. He never mentioned his political ambitions. It sounds like its utter nonsense.

We will set aside Putins lie that Trump had never mentioned his political ambitions it having been one of Trumps favorite topics for years and years.

Getting back to his response, in case Wallace actually had bought that last gag, the Russian ruler tried out this:

Just imagine this in the press conference St. Petersburg Economic Forum was visited by 500 businessmen. Pretty much every one of them is a major industrial tycoon of greater scale than President Trump. Do you think that our Special Services actually organized surveillance on each and every of them?

Again, sorry to report Wallace did not answer yes.

Well, unlike you, unlike the United States, we dont do this. We dont have enough resources. We dont have enough manpower to organize the total state of control, Putin said with a straight face.

Thats not part of our plans. And its clear that we did nothing of that kind of against Mr. Trump.


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