In the mother of all awkward moments, a huddle of world leaders was apparently caught bad-mouthing a person believed to be US President Donald Trump at the pre-Nato Summit banquet on Monday, and among them was none other than the Princess Royal, Anne.
Embarrassing moment at NATO
The highly embarrassing moment was caught on camera and included in the gossip session was a roll call of who's who in the world of world leaders; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Four world leaders and one British princess were caught on film at a Buckingham Palace event, apparently gossiping about Donald Trump's press conference earlier that day. https://t.co/ke3rKUD8AP— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) December 4, 2019
In the video, Johnson asks Macron, "is that why you were late?".
In response, Trudeau can be heard saying, "He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top."
Trump held an unscheduled, and long, question-and-answer session with journalists earlier on Tuesday.
"You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau can be heard saying.
Trump wasn't named at any point.
Anne was seen also participating in the discussion leaning in to say something indiscernible at the end of the footage.
The footage was an embarrassing moment for the royal family, who try to keep out of political discord as figureheads of the state.
The Queen reprimands Anne
Adding insult to injury, just moments later, the Princess was seen sharing a tense moment with her mother, the Queen, in which she stands to the side as the monarch greets the Trumps.
Debate is raging as to whether Anne was simply prepping guests for her mother to greet, or deliberately holding back from coming forward to shake hands with the US President, although a journalist who was there saying it was definitely the latter.
The video shows the Queen along with Prince Charles and Camilla greeting Donald and Melania Trump at the pre-summit banquet.
The Queen then turns to Anne, subtly gesturing at her, to which the Princess responds with a clear shrug, without stepping forward.
Not a snub, say some
British journalist Valentine Low took to Twitter to argue the seeming snub was in fact something very different, however.
“The Queen, after greeting the Donald (and the Melania), turned to Anne to see who was next. But there wasn't anyone waiting: Trump was the last leader to be received by the Queen,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Anne raised her hands in the air, laughed and said: "It's just me," adding a moment later "and this lot" as she pointed to the members of the household behind her.”
Meanwhile, Trump addressed the apparent gossip session on Wednesday, branding Trudeau ‘two-faced’ but making no comment on the royal factor in the equation.
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