PRINCE PHILIP drove Barack and Michelle Obama to Windsor Castle in 2016 – and there was something about his driving that stuck with the former US President, unearthed reports reveal.
The Queen has reportedly had a “soft spot for Americans” ever since meeting former US President Barack Obama in 2009.
A former employee told royal author Tom Quinn that the monarch would like Mr Obama to come back to the UK for a visit, even though he is no longer President.
In Mr Quinn’s new book ‘Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle’, the former employee is quoted as saying: “The Queen has a soft spot for Americans after meeting Barack Obama who she completely fell in love with – so much so that she has frequently asked her courtiers if they could arrange for him to come to Britain now he is no longer President.”
he Queen usually hosts world leaders and Presidents for official state visits to the UK.
However, it would be unusual for Her Majesty to host a former President no longer in office.
According to unearthed reports, the Queen’s admiration for Mr Obama not only is reciprocal, but Prince Philip also seems to enjoy the company of the former US President.
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh first met Mr Obama and his wife, Michelle, during the couple’s visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009.
The couple came back in 2011, before returning for a final time in 2016, where the Duke of Edinburgh decided to give the Obamas a lift.
During a joint press conference with former Prime Minister David Cameron four years ago, Mr Obama revealed that the Queen was one of his favourite people.
He said: “I confess I’ve also come back to wish Her Majesty the Queen a happy 90th birthday.”
The former US leader’s praise came on the day after the monarch’s 90th birthday.
Mr Obama and his wife Michelle recalled a visit to the Queen at Windsor Castle earlier that day – the first stop during their three-day tour.
Giving details about their meeting during the press conference, the former US President said: “Earlier today Michelle and I had the honour to join Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as their guests at Windsor Castle where we conveyed the good wishes of the American people.”
The Duke of Edinburgh drove the Queen into the castle grounds to meet the former President and First Lady, as they disembarked from their helicopter.
After a quick chat, there was reportedly some discussion over where people should sit, with Mr Obama opting for the front seat.
Referring to Prince Philip, who drove the Queen and the couple from their helicopter to the castle, Mr Obama said: “I have to say I have never been driven by a Duke of Edinburgh before.Halaman: 1 2