April 21, 2018

Trumps, Obamas and Prime Minister May not invited to royal wedding

11 April 2018, 11:22 | Erma Lawrence

The Obamas reportedly will not attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Invite Members Of British Public To Wedding, Leave Trump And Obama Off Guest List

Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that the royal couple would not be inviting political leaders to the event, at least not on the basis of their official position.

The Obamas are good friends of Prince Harry.

The BBC also confirmed that former president and first lady Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, friends of Harry, have also not been invited.

Neither Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nor U.S. President Donald Trump was invited to next month's royal wedding.

Wedding guests will be people who have an existing direct relationship with one or both of the couple, a Royal source said.

Speculation swirled that the Trudeaus would snag an invite to the upcoming wedding, due to the Trudeau family's history with the Royal family, the prime minister's recent apparent chumminess with the prince, and the bride's connection to Canada.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not invited Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn or other politicians to their wedding.

The wedding guest list is in the hands of Buckingham Palace as the event is not a state occasion, but the United Kingdom government can consult on it.

The decision was reportedly made based on the size of the wedding venue, St Georges Chapel, and the fact Prince Harry is much further down the line of accession.

Kensington palace said in a statement: "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit". St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the prince and the American actress are set to Wednesday, is much smaller than Westminister Abbey, where the last royal wedding was held.

Organizing a wedding and locking down a guest list is a tricky enough business, but when you're a royal, it's a whole different ball game.

As previously reported by DFR, 2,640 Brits will be invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the happy couple arrive and leave the chapel.

Other guests on the day include a Young Mayor of a London borough, a mental health worker, primary school teacher and the founders of a community lunch that caters for people who are lonely over Christmas.

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