- Donald Trump’s visit to Britain has been hit by a row because he doesn’t want to meet with Prince Charles while he is in the country
- The pair disagree over climate change, with Charles an avenger of the cause
- But Trump has said it was created to make US manufacturing non-competitive
The President is understood to have made it clear he does not want talks with the Prince at Clarence House, a regular feature of such visits. Trump is said to fear a meeting will encourage environmentalists to stage protests against him.
Reports of Trump’s threatened boycott of the Prince come a week after the publication of a new book by the heir to the throne warning of the threat posed by climate change.
The rift threatens to cast a cloud over Theresa May’s hopes that the visit she announced during her trip to America last week would seal a new Anglo-US ‘special relationship’.
The Prince, who wrote on climate change in last week’s Mail on Sunday, is said to regard Trump’s views on the issue as ‘appalling’ and is ‘relaxed’ about the prospect of not meeting him. ‘If the opportunity arises, the Prince would discuss the issue with the President in a courteous, respectful and candid way,’ said a well-placed source.
‘If the President does not want tea at Clarence House, that is a matter for him. It would be a pity because, as a non-politician, Charles is in a unique position to raise matters like this. Either way, he will play a full part in the State visit.’ (Click to Article)