Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle take part in the British Team Trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath in Bath, England on Friday 6 April 2018.
At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding next month, it will be friends and family more than politicians and world leaders.
Kensington Palace says “it has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both in the UK and internationally – is not required for the wedding”.
This means that US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are not among the 600 people invited to the ceremony on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The decision was made after royal officials consulted the UK government to review the protocol and precedent.
A person with knowledge of the guest list, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are also absent.
Many politicians and world leaders attended the much larger wedding of Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in 2011. The rules of succession mean that unlike William, Harry is unlikely to take the throne one day.
That gives him and Markle, an American actress, some leeway to make the wedding more of a personal and less of a state affair.
The Obamas have a warm personal relationship with Harry, which has led to speculation that they would be at Windsor Castle for the wedding.
However, officials were likely concerned that Trump would feel insulted if left out while his predecessor was in attendance.
It is not yet known how many representatives from other European royal families will be invited, or how many of Markle’s friends and colleagues from Hollywood will make the walk.
Also on Tuesday, Kensington Palace officials named some of the 1,200 members of the public who were told they would be among the 2,640 people invited to the Windsor Castle grounds for the grand event.
This gives them an excellent angle for seeing the royals arrive at the chapel and how they can see Harry and Markle’s wagon train after the wedding ceremony.
The list includes Phillip Gillespie, a soldier from Northern Ireland who lost his right leg in a battle in Afghanistan, where Harry served, and a number of people who founded charities.
Also on the list is 12-year-old Amelia Thompson, who was involved in the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22 people last year. She takes the grandmother of a 15-year-old who was killed in the attack as her guest.
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