PUBLISHED: 15:08, Sun, Oct 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:08, Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been on the receiving end of great criticism in recent weeks after publicly commenting on the US presidential election. While neither of them have mentioned a particular party or candidate, Meghan has encouraged voters to hit the ballot box so they can implement “change”, which some took as a slight towards President Donald Trump. Harry, who is not a US citizen and therefore cannot vote in this year’s election, has supported his wife by encouraging the electorate to “reject hate speech”.
As he is still part of the constitutional monarchy and sixth-in-line to the throne, the Duke’s comments, in particular, triggered uproar within royal circles.
Royals are expected to be apolitical and protocol states that they should not cast votes in any elections — however, Meghan and Harry are no longer working royals so any comments they make are “made in a personal capacity” according to Buckingham Palace.
Even so, many are aware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a strong friendship with the former Democrat nominee and then President Barack Obama, and his wife the former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Some believe the Sussexes’ Netflix deal even copied the blueprint of the Obamas’ contract with the streaming service signed in 2018.
Prince Harry and First Lady Melania Trump and Former First Lady Michelle Obama (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry with Melania Trump in Toronto in 2017 (Image: Getty)
An image of the two of them quickly spread around the internet after their meeting, with some pointing out how Harry had put his hand into a strange gesture - half-tucked into his jacket.
It was the First Lady’s first solo international trip in the role, but the discomfort between the two became a source of speculation within the international media.
According to the Daily Mail, Mrs Trump and Harry spent less than half an hour together before Harry was whisked off to another engagement.
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Obama and Harry chatting in 2016 (Image: Getty)