The Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Banned These World Leaders From the Royal Wedding

Politicians, world leaders, and celebrities were on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding guest list. William, who will likely ascend the throne in the future, wed Kate in the midst of the U.K.’s Prime Minister David Cameron, stars Victoria and David Beckham, and multiple Olympians.

William’s younger brother Prince Harry is a different story. Harry, who is fifth-in-line (below William’s son George and daughter Charlotte), and his wife-to-be, Meghan Markle, have chosen not to invite any world leaders to their May 2018 nuptials.

Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves number 10 Downing Street

British Prime Minister Theresa May did not expect an invite. | Leon Neal/Getty Images

A source close to Prime Minister Theresa May said neither she nor the U.K. government expected she’d receive an invitation to the royal wedding. Some speculated May didn’t receive an invitation since Harry is a second son.

However, when Prince Andrew, Duke of York, married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher was invited alongside other British political leaders like Neil Kinnock, David Owen, and David Steel. Prince Andrew was the second son in line for the throne, just like Prince Harry is today.

NextThere was much speculation as to whether or not this politician would receive an invitation.

Donald and Melania Trump

Melania Trump and Donald Trump in Rome

They won’t be attending. | Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Plenty of speculation surrounds the upcoming royal wedding, including the will-they-won’t-they invite President Donald Trump rumor. Markle and Harry are marrying at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a significantly smaller venue than William and Kate had (they married at Westminster Abbey).

However, we’re curious if the Trump family would have been invited even if they’d “had space.” Trump has a controversial past with the British royal family — he reportedly courted Harry’s mother, Diana, after she and their father, Prince Charles, separated. Diana even said, “He gives me the creeps.”

Next: Everyone was hoping this couple would cop an invite

Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama Inauguration

The Obamas’ presence at the royal wedding might have been a distraction. | Ron Sachs/Pool/Getty Images

We hate to break it to you — but not even Barack and Michelle Obama, reported friends of the couple, will be attending the royal wedding. It remains unclear whether the Obamas declined their invitation or did not get an invite to begin with.

Others speculate the Obama’s presence would be a political distraction since the current first family wasn’t invited. A source told ABC News that “President and Mrs. Obama are not coming to the wedding but the couples look forward to seeing each other soon.”

Next: Kensington Palace declined to comment on if this politician would attend.

Justin and Sophie Trudeau

Prince Harry meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

They sent their congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Kensington Palace declined to comment on if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, would be at the royal wedding or reception. The couple is personal friends of Prince Harry and knew Meghan Markle for many years while she filmed Suits in Toronto.

However, the Trudeau family responded with a comment to Global News via email. Like other world leaders, they won’t be attending the happy affair. “While the Prime Minister and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will not be attending the wedding, we congratulate Prince Harry and Ms. Markle and wish them the best,” the email read.

Next: The real reason these world leaders weren’t invited.

Kensington Palace said politicians ‘weren’t required’

Kensington Palace set in Kensington Gardens

The royal household considered the decision. |

Spokespeople and government sources have offered many reasons as to why important world figures like the Obamas and Theresa May won’t be at the royal wedding. A government source cited the venue’s space, while a royal source told Reuters the only guests invited were those with an “existing direct relationship” to the couple. However, in a statement, Kensington Palace gave only one reason.

“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.”

Next: The lives of the rich and famous … maybe

These celebrities might attend

Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards

Serena Williams might attend. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Glamour

A source revealed to Us Weekly that over 15 cast and crew members from Suits would be invited including Sarah Rafferty and Patrick J. Adams. Other famous alleged invitees include tennis star Serena Williams, singer Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, and singer James Blunt.

Sir Elton John himself also sparked rumors he made the guest list … and that he might perform. He preliminarily rescheduled two concerts set in Las Vegas for the same weekend as the wedding.

Next: The list of guaranteed guests

They invited 600 members of the public


They want to share their wedding day. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kensington Palace first alerted the public in a statement that they too could attend the royal wedding. “[Prince Harry and Ms. Markle] want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the press release read.

Kensington Palace confirmed that 250 members of the Armed Forces will attend and provide “ceremonial support,” since the Military holds significance for the prince. The public attendees include a soldier from Northern Ireland who fought in Afghanistan, charity founders, and citizens affected by the bombing at the Manchester Ariana Grande concert. The public invitees will watch the processions before and after the royal ceremony.

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