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    A recent book by royal author Tom Quinn has already revealed some shocking details about the life of Britain’s most influential family – including the nicknames given to Meghan Markle upon her arrival at Kensington Palace; but it also opened up about the identity of one politician the Queen lost her heart to.

    Former American President Barack Obama completely conquered the heart of Britain's reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit to the United Kingdom back in 2009, an ex-Palace staffer told Tom Quinn, according to his new book “Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle”.

    “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”, the former employee was quoted in the book as saying.
    Barack Obama Michelle Obama Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace London
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    Barack Obama Michelle Obama Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace London

    The 94-year-old monarch officially hosted Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on several other state occasions, in 2011 and 2016, during which she reportedly developed a close friendship with the former first lady as well, with the two being photographed together with arms around each other’s backs – something which was criticised as breaking royal protocol. However, according to the memoirs of the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly, the monarch did not seem to mind the move, as “instant and mutual warmth” was shared between the two ladies.

    President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch in Windsor, England, Friday, April, 22, 2016
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    President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch in Windsor, England, Friday, April, 22, 2016
    “In reality, it was a natural instinct for the Queen to show affection and respect for another great woman, and really there is no protocol that must be adhered to”, Kelly wrote in her 2019 book “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe”.

    Meanwhile, the extracts from Tom Quinn’s royal biography published prior to its release, earlier revealed some more peculiar details about the drama behind the doors of Kensington Palace. For example, the book claimed, citing former employees of the royal house, that Meghan Markle was dubbed “Duchess of Difficult”, “Me-Gain” and “Di Lite” by staffers due to her allegedly annoying nature.

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