Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Princess Anne snub: What did Anne say about Trump in conversation caught on camera?


Princess Anne, 69, the Queen’s only daughter, is known for being no-nonsense and taking no prisoners. And on Tuesday night, she proved this extends to her mother, as well as the President of the United States as two videos of the Princess began trending on Twitter.

The first video(which you can watch at the top of this story captured as Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrived at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening show the couple greeting the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Princess Anne is standing a few meters away in a doorway.

After the meeting, the Queen appears to turn to Anne, as to the Trumps, and the Queen gestures toward Mr Trump and says something to her daughter.

Anne just looks incredulous and shrugs, mouthing something that looks like “what”?

Then later in the evening, another video featuring Anne surfaced.

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In it (watch above), she’s standing with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The group is standing around with drinks and chatting informally, seemingly unaware they are being recorded.

While Anne’s face is hidden for most of it, she clearly participates in the conversation, and we can hear the other leaders having a jocular conversation about someone thought to be Donald Trump.

When Mr Johnson asks Mr Macron “is that why you were late?”, Mr Trudeau replies: “He’s late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.”

The meeting is expected to consider new threats, including in the areas of cyber and space, after NATO last month declared space one of its operational domains alongside air, land, sea and cyber.

Two key issues have loomed over this summit: defence spending – a longstanding issue of concern for the US, which militarily dominates the group – and relations between Turkey and other member states.

Before departing for London, Turkey’s President Erdogan said he would oppose a NATO defence plan for the Baltic region if the bloc did not support Turkey over its fight against Kurdish groups in Syria which it considers terrorists.

But other leaders, including Mr Macron, have made clear they oppose such a move, not least because Kurdish-led forces drove IS militants out of a quarter of Syria with the help of a US-led multinational coalition.

Mr Erdogan’s decision to buy a Russian missile defence system has further exacerbated tensions.

On Tuesday Mr Trump said he was “looking at” imposing sanctions on Turkey for buying the S-400 system, while Mr Macron asked: “How is it possible to be a member of the alliance… and buy things from Russia?”



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