LONDON • After months of hypothesis about whether or not the Obamas or the Trumps can be invited to the royal marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle subsequent month, the reply is lastly in: Neither.
Neatly sidestepping the problem, Kensington Palace launched an opaque assertion on Tuesday saying no politicians can be invited to the May 19 marriage ceremony at Windsor Castle, not even Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain.
“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding,” it stated in an announcement.
The lack of “an official list” was interpreted by royals watchers to imply that no invites can be issued to political leaders.
In deciding to restrict the attendees to shut family and friends, the couple have been characteristically retaining issues low-key and breaking with an extended custom of grand British royal weddings attended by world leaders and politicians.
The query of the Obamas versus the Trumps was all the time a troublesome one. It was broadly believed that the Obamas had the within observe, after Prince Harry and Mr Obama solid a friendship whereas attending the Invictus Games in Toronto final 12 months.
At the event, the Prince interviewed the previous president for BBC Radio four’s flagship programme, Today, in Mr Obama’s first worldwide interview after leaving workplace in January final 12 months.
Yet, British newspapers reported in December that the royal couple have been below nice diplomatic stress to ask the Trumps, regardless of Markle being a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
Downing Street is raring to take care of good relations with the White House, with an eye fixed to negotiating a bilateral commerce settlement as shortly as doable after Britain leaves the European Union.
A palace supply, talking on the situation of anonymity following protocol, stated Prince Harry and Markle hoped to see the Obamas quickly, however confirmed that they’d not be attending the marriage.
The supply stated 600 friends can be invited to the marriage ceremony, primarily based on the scale of St George’s Chapel, and that it’s not essential for the royal couple to ask world leaders to their marriage ceremony as a result of Harry will not be a direct inheritor to the throne.
He is fifth in line after his father, Prince Charles; his brother, Prince William; and his brother’s kids.
Some world leaders should be invited to the marriage primarily based on their private relationship with the royal couple and never of their official capability, the supply added. Harry and Markle have additionally invited 1,200 members of the general public to Windsor Castle to rejoice their marriage.
On Monday, they requested individuals to donate to charities as an alternative of sending them marriage ceremony presents.
“The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” Kensington Palace stated.