This is why Donald Trump is so obsessed with the Royal Family

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Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth II during a working visit to the UK last year (Getty Images)

Donald Trump wants to be embraced by the Royal Family as he sees it as the ‘ultimate acceptance’, according to a former US national security adviser.

Ben Rhodes, who worked for Barack Obama and helped organise the former President’s UK state visit, attributed Mr Trump’s desire for royal approval to his rejection by the ‘elite’ in the US.

Mr Rhodes told The Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast: “What [Donald Trump] mainly cares about is being the centre of attention.

“I grew up in New York City with Trump in the background as this joke, this punchline.

“I think a lot of his life has been wanted to be accepted by the elites. He was this guy, unpolished, and he resented the people who thought they were fancier than him. That's why he built the gold buildings and gaudy clubs.”

Real estate developer Donald J. Trump rubs a "magic lamp" during the opening ceremony for his huge Taj Mahal casino, in Atlantic city, 05 April 1990.  Billionaire Donald Trump, who was born in 1946, Queens, New York, has gained notability for his celebrity lifestyle and his real estate successes. / AFP PHOTO / BILL SWERSEY        (Photo credit should read BILL SWERSEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump rubs a "magic lamp" during the opening ceremony for his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic city in 1990. (AFP/Getty Images)

Being accepted by the Queen, Rhodes argues, would mean that Trump has finally made it into the world he always tried to be a part of.

“I think the Queen of England and the British Royal Family - that's the ultimate acceptance,” Rhodes added.

“If you can get accepted and welcomed by the Queen, it doesn't get any bigger than that. That's the inner sanctum of the global elite.

“Event though there are a lot of risks in this for Trump - that he'll say something stupid or there will be protests - I still think he's motivated by this sense of, ‘I want to show everybody that here I am, President of the United States, sitting next to the Queen of England’.”

Donald Trump and his wife Melania will be greeted by the Queen when they arrive in London for their state visit on Monday.

Their itinerary includes a Ceremonial Welcome and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace with a number of senior royals.

On Tuesday Mr Trump will hold talks with Theresa May and a number of British business figures.

FILE: U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks to the media as he holds onto Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, following their joint news conference at Chequers in Aylesbury, U.K., on Friday, July 13, 2018. An emotional Theresa May announced she will quit as Britains prime minister after admitting she had failed to deliver the one task that defined her time in office -- taking the country out of the European Union. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Donald Trump holds onto Theresa May during his working visit to the UK in 2018 (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Earlier this month a Government official revealed the President is only concerned with the royal elements of his trip.

The source told The Times Mr Trump is ‘delightfully oblivious’ to the current political turmoil in the UK.

He told the press in the US that he ‘may’ hold meetings with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in what would be a marked break in convention.

The President described the two men as ‘two very good guys’ and ‘very interesting people’.