Donald Trump demanded to stay at Buckingham Palace when he visited the UK in 2019, it’s claimed.
The US President made the request but was told the royal household in London was under extensive renovations, according to reports.
Trump was first invited for a formal state visit by the Queen in January 2017, but only in the summer of 2019 the trip started being organised.
White House aides told Downing Street that it was “critically important” that Mr Trump was allowed to stay overnight in Buckingham Palace, The Telegraph says.
When Barack Obama, Mr Trump’s predecessor, visited the UK with wife Michelle in 2003 they got a bed in Buckingham Palace so Trump expected the same, sources told the paper.
“It was very, very clear Trump loved the Queen,” they said. “He wanted to spend as much time as possible with the Queen and to stay at Buckingham Palace,” said one UK official at the centre of the state visit planning.
“We went to the point of saying to the Palace ‘can you tell us which rooms are undergoing refurbishment’. It was properly looked into. The last thing we wanted was a snub story coming out. But it couldn’t work.”
The President instead stayed in Winfield House, the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park, during his state visit.
But there will still concerns “Regent’s Park Mosque would wake him up in the morning”, one White House adviser told The Telegraph.
During the state visit, Trump met Queen Elizabeth II at an event at Buckingham Palace, as well as other members of the British royal family, including Kate Middleton.
Mr Trump and First Lady Melania had to cut short their earlier function with Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House to dash to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
While the US president was visiting the UK, protests took place in London bearing signs that read “Trump hands off our NHS” and “cut war not health care”.