Royal watchers were reportedly stunned Sunday after news that the U.K.'s Prince Charles and Prince William refused to attend a reception held by Queen Elizabeth for the visiting President Donald Trump.
The Daily Beast reports that Charles, the next in line for the throne, and William, his eldest son, and third in line to the crown, "simply refused to attend" the meeting with Trump, the American head of state. As a result, the Queen met with Trump, his wife Melania, and a small group from the White House alone — an unusual occurrence.
“They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own. Usually she is accompanied by somebody,” a source reportedly told the Times of London. "Usually she is accompanied by somebody. Prince Charles has been substituting for Philip a lot recently.”
Both Charles and William had "prior engagements." Charles attended a police event, and William took part in a charity polo match. Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, is 97 and retired from royal duties.
The Prime Minister's office told the Sunday Times that the plan was "always" to have the Queen meet with Trump and his wife alone, and that both Princes had planned other engagements. Another official with the British government said that, regardless, the Royal Family was “not as enthusiastic as they were when Obama came over.”