- Trump complained that Prince Charles focused on climate issues during a tea, according to Stephanie Grisham’s memoir.
- When he returned from the event, Grisham said Trump regretted the “terrible” conversation.
- The former president later spoke on the issue of climate change during an interview with Piers Morgan.
Former President Donald Trump has long had an affinity for pomp and glamor from the British royal family.
While visiting the UK in June 2019 to attend a state dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, however, the former president was less than thrilled that Prince Charles chose to focus on climate change during a private tea, according to the former Press Secretary White House Stephanie Grisham’s forthcoming memoir “I’m Taking Your Questions Now,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
In the memoir, Grisham recalls that Trump was jovial in his interactions with the Queen, but wrote that the former president “apparently was not such a big fan” of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
During the trip, Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump met with the leader of a private tea. After returning from the event, the former president “complained that the conversation had been awful.”
“Nothing but climate change,” he said, rolling his eyes.
Grisham said Melania Trump laughed at the former president over his reaction.
“Oh, yes, he was very bored,” she said of her husband.
The former press secretary wrote that Melania Trump “had a wonderful time” at the event, which was held at Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Shortly after tea, Trump was interviewed by Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain”, in which he discussed how he spoke to Prince Charles on a range of issues that included climate change.
“He’s really into climate change, and I think that’s great,” the former president said of the Prince of Wales. “I completely listened to him.”
“What he really wants and what he really feels warm about is the future,” Trump added. “He wants to ensure that future generations have a climate that is good climate, as opposed to a disaster, and I agree.”
When Trump was asked by Morgan if he personally believed in climate change, the former president acknowledged that weather patterns have changed, but did not use the specific language.
“I think there’s a change in the weather, and I think it’s changing both ways,” he said at the time. “Do not forget, it used to be called global warming, it did not work, then it was called climate change, now it is actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather you can not miss.”
Grisham, a former chief of staff and press secretary of Melania Trump, resigned from his post following the January 6 Capitol uprising.