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Prince Andrew up to par as chaperone for Trump

Teeing off: Donald Trump and Melania first met Prince Andrew in 2000 PICTURE: GETTY

PRINCE ANDREW is to chaperone Donald Trump for much of his three-day visit — using ‘golf course diplomacy’ to defuse any tensions, it has emerged.

Officials fear relations could become strained if Prince Charles challenges Mr Trump over his views on climate change when he and Camilla host the president and his wife at Clarence House this afternoon.

But the Duke of York, who shares Mr Trump’s interests in business and golf, will accompany him at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey this morning and at a breakfast meeting for business leaders at St James’s Palace tomorrow.

The pair first met in 2000 at Mr Trump’s Florida estate and golf course shortly before Prince Andrew became the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment — a role he resigned from in 2011 after a series of controversies.