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04/06/2019 12:56 AM AEST | Updated 04/06/2019 12:56 AM AEST

Prince Harry's Face Says It All During Donald Trump Visit

Awkward.

It seemed like a remarkably dignified reaction given the circumstances.

Despite President Donald Trump branding Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview (and then later denying it), Prince Harry’s muted response to being in the same room as the US leader was at once both understated and undeniable on Monday.

Photographs taken inside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, showed the moment the Duke of Sussex glimpsed Trump just metres away.

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Prince Harry looks on as Donald Trump and his entourage of family and close aides toured the Royal Collection.
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Prince Harry was seen speaking to Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, and presidential advisor, Jared Kushner.

In the pictures, Harry looks on as Trump and his entourage of family and close aides toured the Royal Collection exhibition of items linking the British monarchy and the American presidency.

Trump denied he made the “nasty” comment about Markle – despite a recording proving he did.

Meanwhile, the beginning of Trump’s three-day state visit to Britain was marked by pomp, pageantry – and a row with the London mayor. 

The US leader may have met the Queen last year but, with the full trappings of a state visit around them, the moment was very different.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were on hand to greet Trump and First Lady Melania Trump when their US Marine Corps helicopter touched down in the palace gardens. 

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Prince Harry appeared flushed while listening to a Royal Collection expert alongside Ivanka Trump.

Charles and the president shook hands for around 10 seconds as they exchanged words, and as their wives said hello.

Charles guided Trump with a hand on his back towards the West Terrace where the Queen was waiting and the pair shared a joke as they went.

Trump exchanged an unusual handshake with the Queen, who smiled broadly at the president as he appeared to grip her fingers with his.

Watching from the balcony of the White Drawing Room overlooking the garden was Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband – the president’s adviser Jared Kushner.

The soft diplomacy of the royal family is arguably their greatest weapon when helping to strengthen and renew the UK’s friendships with nations.

The world stature of the British royal family can gently influence presidents, prime ministers and politicians from across the globe.

The momentous occasion did not pass without Trump embarking on a signature Twitter tirade, however.

In tweets sent as Air Force One prepared to land on Monday morning, Trump described long-time foe and London mayor, Sadiq Khan, a “stone cold loser” for suggesting Trump was the face of “21st Century fascism”.