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Trumps, Obamas not invited to wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull at Australia House in London, Saturday, April 21, 2018, celebrating the forthcoming Invictus Games Sydney 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

LONDON – US President Donald Trump,
his predecessor Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Theresa
May have not been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle on May 19, royal and British government sources
said on Tuesday.

Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and younger brother of
Prince William, will marry Markle, an American actress best
known for her role in the TV series “Suits”, at St George’s
Chapel in Windsor Castle.

“It has been decided that an official list of political
leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince
Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” said a spokesman for Kensington
Palace, the official residence of William and Harry.

“Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision,
which was taken by The Royal Household,” the spokesman said.
“Her Majesty’s Government” is the official name of the British
government.

A Kensington Palace source confirmed the Obamas would not be
attending and said the wedding guests would be people who have
an existing direct relationship with the groom or the bride or
with both. That excludes Trump.

There had been some speculation that the Obamas might be
invited due to the personal rapport between the former president
and Harry, but it would have been diplomatically awkward to
invite the Obamas and not the Trumps.

Although the royal family is expected to steer well clear of
politics, Britain’s delicate constitutional balance means that
its members have to consult discreetly with the government to
ensure their public actions comply with foreign policy.

A British government source confirmed May would not be
attending and said there had been no expectation that she would.

The government source noted that the wedding venue was
significantly smaller than Westminster Abbey, where Harry’s
older brother William wed Kate Middleton in 2011 in the presence
of then Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians and
diplomats.

Obama, who was then in office, was not invited to that
wedding and the United States was represented by its ambassador
to the United Kingdom.

Kensington Palace on Tuesday named some of the 1,200 people,
chosen because of their strong leadership and community service,
who have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle on the
wedding day to join the celebrations.

The list included people who ran a wide variety of charity
organisations as well as veterans from the armed forces who have
suffered life-changing injuries.