US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, former US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have not been invited to the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, effectively keeping the event as apolitical as possible.
We know royal weddings are inherently political event – maybe even the most political event, outside of outright war – but bear with us here.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed that “an official list of political leaders, both UK and international, is not required” for their nuptials. The decision was made due to the size of the venue – St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, smaller than Westminster Abbey – and Prince Harry’s status in the monarchy.
That call extends to the Obamas, with whom Prince Harry has a friendly relationship. It’s been speculated the decision not to invite that fam was made in order not to diplomatically shade Trump: just imagine that goddamn tantrum.
600 people received official invites to the ceremony, along with a further 1,200 outstanding members of the public invited to the reception. The ceremony will go down on May 19.
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