Prince Andrew called in to exert golf diplomacy over Trump state visit

The Duke of York is being used as a secret weapon by Buckingham Palace in the belief he will be able to defuse any potential diplomatic disasters during the state visit of Donald Trump. In what has been dubbed “golf course diplomacy”, British officials have taken the unusual step of ensuring Prince Andrew is alongside the American president for two out of the three days he will be in the country. It is hoped the men’s shared passions for business, but more importantly their mutual love for the game of golf will help them bond allowing the prince to exert a subtle influence over the politician. The pair met nearly 20 years ago when Prince Andrew visited Mr Trump and his then girlfriend, Melania…

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