Foreign leaders are just as tired of Donald Trump as Americans are here in the U.S. As a result, when President Trump goes overseas, it almost always generates some viral footage that's as hilarious as it is embarrassing.
This time around, at a NATO summit held in England, Princess Anne stood out of the royal reception line greeting President Trump at Buckingham Palace. When the Queen looked around and saw her, she appeared to shrug off meeting Trump, gaining her the respect of Twitter users everywhere.
Juuust want to point out in this clip...The Queen is ‘scolding’ Princess Anne who is noticeably absent from the roy… https://t.co/3TL7VA0xo3— Yeah, so... (@Yeah, so...)1575440890.0
The moment was quickly given the meme treatment. Anyone brave enough to snub the President becomes pretty popular on Twitter!
Princess Anne watching the Trump handshake https://t.co/rhFv6ETfvG— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@Hannah Jane Parkinson)1575450236.0
Princess Anne shrugs in response to scolding from Queen Elizabeth for not being in the reception line for Trump as… https://t.co/K6W1AGEjsb— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1575451010.0
British public: We're starting to question our support for the Royal family. Princess Anne: I've got this. https://t.co/Fv9Bfdgxfk— John Hyde (@John Hyde)1575449163.0
Princess Anne simply couldn't be bothered!
Princess Anne at her mama https://t.co/L8iZU4qSVL— olivia⁷🌹🦋♡black lives matter♡ (@olivia⁷🌹🦋♡black lives matter♡)1575445463.0
Princess Anne is all of us rn. https://t.co/26y2E42go0— Sash (@Sash)1575449176.0
Princess Anne shrugged off a dude who tried to kidnap her at gunpoint in the seventies: Dress rehearsal for this mo… https://t.co/ZaO29chNK3— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1575467849.0
Sadly, the actual facts of the matter are less dramatic than the initial reaction suggested. As The Guardian reported, the truth is that Anne was simply making an innocent joke that had nothing to do with Trump.
OK, here goes... Princess Anne: the truth. No, she didn't snub the Trumps. And she wasn't told off by the Queen. 1/5— valentinelow (@valentinelow)1575468360.0
Instead the Queen, after greeting the Donald (and the Melania), turned to Anne to see who was next. But there wasn'… https://t.co/2ohiPuZgac— valentinelow (@valentinelow)1575468360.0
Anne raised her hands in the air, laughed and said: "It's just me," adding a moment later "and this lot" as she poi… https://t.co/0erOcY9CDv— valentinelow (@valentinelow)1575468360.0
This excellent bit of sleuthing comes from the very wonderful Laura Elston of the Press Association, who is as impa… https://t.co/EHspEqXOAT— valentinelow (@valentinelow)1575468361.0
So, the truth is now out there. Not that anyone will pay any attention. Anne the Trump Snubber is a much better story. 5/5— valentinelow (@valentinelow)1575468361.0
But that wasn't Princess Anne's only moment of virality that came out of the summit! Leaked footage featuring the Princess, President Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau caught the group gossiping about President Trump during a party the President skipped.
Leaked video has foreign leaders British PM Boris Johnson, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau… https://t.co/lVxu8y0EoP— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1575459961.0
Trudeau has since admitted the group was talking about Trump.
Princess Anne, keep doing what you're doing! America loves you for it.
Princess Anne has absolutely no obligation to do anything here. She's not a foreign leader https://t.co/avA3mfGKld— Mikki Kendall (@Mikki Kendall)1575468726.0
Respect should be earned, not freely given, even to a U.S. President. If you don't want foreign leaders gossiping about you behind your back, it might be time to start following the norms of governance respected by every other developed country.