The 2 Royal Wedding Invitations That Weren’t Sent
On May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of beautiful Windsor Castle. The world watched the event — and some lucky attendees saw it up close. But two very well-known people were left off the invitation list. Keep reading to find out the duo who didn’t make the cut (page 4 and page 6), and discover why.
1. The guest list
According to Harper’s Bazaar, there were no political leaders — from the U.K. or the U.S. — at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both U.K. and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding. Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household,” said a Kensington Palace spokesperson.
Next: Here’s what affected the guest list.
2. Why official guests weren’t invited
Unlike Prince William, Prince Harry is not a future king, so it wasn’t necessary to invite “official guests” to the wedding, according to Harper’s Bazaar. In fact, everyone at St George’s Chapel on May 19 personally knew the couple. That means foreign royals and officials were there only if they were friends with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Next: A twist on the list
3. Surprising guests on the list
The guest list also included 1,200 people who were invited because of their dedication to civic action in England, according to Newsweek. Harry and Markle share a passion for humanitarianism and decided to incorporate their love for community service by inviting guests “including young people, who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities,” said the palace.
Next: But these friends weren’t at the wedding.
4. Barack and Michelle Obama
Barack and Michelle Obama were not invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, according to Harper’s Bazaar, despite the fact that Prince Harry has a close friendship with them. Because of the Obamas’ connection to the White House — and, rumor has it, because of the added security costs the former president’s presence would incur — they didn’t make the guest list.
Next: Barack Obama’s reaction
5. Barack Obama took it in stride
Although the Obamas weren’t able to see Harry and Meghan say “I do,” they “are very much looking forward to seeing them soon.” Back in November 2017, Barack Obama tweeted this: “Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.”
And the get-together Barack Obama mentioned might just happen. The couple visited the U.K. after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in 2011 and had dinner at Buckingham Palace with the queen.
Next: This U.S. president didn’t attend, either.
6. Donald Trump
According to Newsweek, Donald Trump also didn’t receive an invitation to the wedding. Despite his status, he’s not friends with the couple. But Trump can’t be too mad that he wasn’t invited, considering British Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn didn’t attend either.
Next: Was this another reason Trump didn’t get an invite?
7. Markle isn’t a huge Trump fan
Regardless of the couple’s decision not to invite political leaders, Donald Trump never really had much of a chance of receiving an invitation to the royal wedding, according to Newsweek. He doesn’t have a personal relationship with either Prince Harry or Meghan Markle. In addition, Markle — an American-born actress and former United Nations Women advocate — called Trump’s rhetoric during his presidential campaign “divisive” and “misogynistic.”
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