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Why are Prince William, Harry and Meghan Markle absent from the reception of NATO leaders?


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Reception of NATO leaders: Queen Elizabeth II received leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the alliance, which was inaugurated on April 4, 1949. NATO member states and governments attended the event, but Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were absent.

Returning to the agenda of Princes William, Harry and Meghan Markle, as he has announced in advance media reports about their foreign engagements during this period, where Prince William, on a tour of the Middle East, during which he will visit Kuwait and Oman, a four-day official visit, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will be the Prince’s first official visit to both countries – according to Kensington Palace.

“Queen Elizabeth II received NATO leaders at an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on Monday visited the Jahra Nature Reserve in Kuwait. During his visit, he identified some 3,000 migratory bird species, and the British Foreign Office published photos of the visit via Twitter and commented: Royal Prince William, identified some 300 species of birds, at the Jahra Nature Reserve in Kuwait, an important stopping point for migratory birds and winter birds in this region”.

On the same day, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Bayan Palace, at the start of his official visit to Kuwait. The British Foreign Office also celebrated the reception of the Emir of Kuwait by Prince William. His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives HRH Prince William at Bayan Palace on the occasion of his visit to Kuwait.

Royal reception of NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace

On the other hand, Prince Harry and his wife, Megan, are on holiday for six weeks of royal engagements during the festive period. The British Royal Palace has already confirmed – in mid-November – that the new parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess and the Duke of Sussex, will be disrupted to participate in the celebration. The traditional royal birth in Sandringham, while they spend the celebration elsewhere, is unusual. Queen Elizabeth II is usually surrounded by family members during the Royal event, but new grandson Archie Harrison will not join her this year.

Express has conveyed the Buckingham Palace statement on Megan’s and Harry’s Christmas plans, which confirmed that they would spend the celebrations in the United States with Megan’s mother. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to spending time with the family at the end of this month, after having spent the last Christmas in Sandringham, the couple will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’s mother”.

Prince of Wales and his wife greeted Trump and Melania

This comes as the British capital, London, hosts the NATO leaders summit to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 and 4 December, and before the start of the summit of the leaders of the member countries of the alliance, Queen Elizabeth II received NATO leaders at an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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The Queen of Britain attended the reception of guest leaders in London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince Charles of Wales, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Brigitte, Duchess of Gloucester. Britain commemorates a photo with the heads of state and government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

In a special welcome, US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump received a royal reception, where Queen Elizabeth II, greeted by herself, and after welcoming them with Prince Charles, they exchanged talks, with the participation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and then met with NATO leaders to take the official picture.

British Queen and Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace

On this occasion, the Royal Account was published on Twitter – hours ago – a video showing archival footage of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to NATO and meeting with the Allied operations commander, General Norstad, in 1957, and the Royal Account in his commentary on the video “The North Atlantic Treaty – or the Washington Treaty – forms the basis of NATO. It was signed on April 4, 1949, by 12 founding members”.

“In 2015, the Queen visited NATO headquarters and inspected the Coalition’s Quick Reaction Corps at the Imjin Barracks”, the Royal Account added. “NATO is there to protect the people and territory of its members, based on the principle of collective defense”. “In 1980, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited NATO headquarters in Belgium and attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council,” statement said.

The current NATO summit will address common issues and agree on a mechanism to improve the readiness of coalition combat forces, as well as the defense of Poland. The summit comes amid deep differences and divergent strategies among a number of NATO leaders.

“This military alliance controls half of the world’s defense spending, or nearly half of the world’s gross domestic product, but this alliance is now in bed-like condition” – French President

According to press reports, the leaders of the “NATO” exchange criticism before a tense summit in London on the seventieth anniversary of its founding, amid major challenges, and worsening internal differences among member states, whether due to differences of vision or the change in US policy, since the arrival of the US president Donald Trump to the White House.

According to the newspaper “Washington Post”, the leaders of member countries of the “NATO”, which includes 30 members, is facing internal differences, because of criticism of US President Donald Trump, for what he sees as the failure of other members of the military spending, saying that Washington is not obliged to make Money to protect other Western countries.

Looking at the figures, the strength of NATO is evident. This military alliance controls half of the world’s defense spending, or nearly half of the world’s gross domestic product, but this alliance is now in bed-like condition, according to French President Emmanuel Macron – Because of the US retreat from its leading role, Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria in preparation for the establishment of a safe area and the expulsion of Kurdish fighters who played a major role in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization.

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