The Obamas Didn’t Attend the Royal Wedding Because of Donald Trump

With all of the hype and hoopla leading up to their big day, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding was more perfect than we could have imagined. Markle wore a stunning Givenchy gown with a veil that made our jaws drop. The choir was simply magical, and the weather could not have been more perfect. The guest list was also one for the ages. The British royal family was present in full force, and the couple’s Hollywood friends, including Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham, and Idris Elba, were also present.

However, there was one legendary couple who was noticeably absent on the big day. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were nowhere to be found and apparently, we can blame President Donald Trump for their absence.

No political guests allowed

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

They didn’t invite the Trumps to the wedding. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It’s well known that the royals don’t exactly have a soft spot for the Trumps. Therefore, the royal couple decided that no political guests would be invited to their wedding; eliminating any ill feelings.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said, “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. Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household.”

Next: Going against the rules

A secret invitation

Prince Harry (left) poses with former U.S. President Barack Obama

Prince Harry may have gotten away with inviting his old friends. | Kensington Palace/Getty Images

Though political leaders were not supposed to be included in the royal festivities, Prince Harry has a personal relationship with both former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. According to CNN, “Some world leaders may [have been] invited on the basis of their personal relationships with Harry and Meghan.”

This means that the Obamas could have received an invite, but decided not to attend as to prevent any drama. After all, Kensington Palace refused to confirm or deny if the Obamas did, in fact, receive an invitation.

Next: Why the Obamas didn’t attend Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 2011 wedding

A costly invite

Members of the public pass a security screening as they arrive on castle hill ahead of the wedding and carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

There was a lot of security in place already for the big day. | Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Another reason why the Obamas were not in attendance was because of the absurd amount of money it would have cost the crown to keep them safe. The royal wedding budget was an astounding $45 million with much of the money going towards security.

Because all the royals were in one place, Markle’s biracial background, and the public nature of the event, it was already super costly to keep everyone safe. Adding the Obamas in the mix would have undoubtedly increased the bill. After all, the former presidential couple did not attend Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 2011 wedding for that very reason.

Next: Choosing what’s best for everyone. 

Opting out

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on

It was easier on everyone involved if they said “no.” | UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images

Even if the Obamas did receive an invite to the nuptials, they obviously decided to make it easier on Markle and Prince Harry by politely declining. A royal source predicted things would happen this way.

They told US Weekly shortly after the royal engagement,

Harry has already told the Obamas he wants them at the wedding, but because of the political side of things, like the immense pressure that would follow to invite the Trumps, their appearance at the wedding hangs in the balance. If they don’t go, it will be because the Obamas have turned around and said, “We understand the situation you’re in, let us make it easy for you.”

Next: A donation and a plate

A gift from the Trumps

Prince Harry poses with first lady Melania Trump

Melania and her husband may have gifted Prince Harry and his bride a bowl. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Despite the fact that they weren’t invited, the Trumps have still sent a gift to the royal couple.  White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told People, “President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts.”

Marie Claire UK reported the couple “might receive another gift from the Trumps, in addition to the charitable donation. The president and first lady could possibly gift the couple with a bowl, in keeping with the tradition of U.S. heads of state giving bowls to royal family members as wedding presents.”

Next: Future bonding 

An upcoming visit with the Obamas

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Birmingham

She will likely meet the former president and his wife soon. | Ian Vogler – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Since Markle is American and very much of the people, many royal insiders are speculating that she and Prince Harry will be doing a ton of overseas work on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Much of that work will lead them back to the United States. This will also give them a chance to meet with the Obamas.

A royal source revealed to People, “Harry and Meghan have plans to visit with the Obamas in the near future. Both the couples look forward to seeing each other soon.”

Next: A massive event 

Channeling the Obamas

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

There’s no doubt that the Obamas were happy for the couple on their big day. | Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Though our favorite first couple wasn’t present at Markle and Harry’s stunning festivities, the royal couple certainly channeled the Obamas grace and style. In fact, many are calling the royal wedding “Britain’s Obama moment.”

Labour MP David Lammy told Daily Mail, “[My] family’s shoulders “stood a little taller as Meghan married Prince Harry in the fairytale ceremony which took its place in the history books on Saturday. Lammy also said the poignant service “was a global moment” akin to the day Barack Obama became the first black president of the US and a great new symbol of all that is still possible and hopeful in modern Britain.”

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