Oba­mas won’t be at­tend­ing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wed­ding - find out why

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

(Aceshow­biz) Af­ter such a long spec­u­la­tion whether or not for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack and Michelle Obama will be at­tend­ing the up­com­ing royal wed­ding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the an­swer is here. De­spite the close friend­ship be­tween the Bri­tish prince and the for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent, it turns out the Oba­mas are not among the ex­pected 600 guests.

A Kens­ing­ton Palace spokesman said on Tues­day, April 10, “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 Gover­ment was con­sulted on this de­ci­sion, which was taken by The Royal House­hold.” With that, it means that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump are also not in­vited to the May 19 wed­ding at Wind­sor Cas­tle. Pre­vi­ously, it was re­ported that Harry want­ing to in­vite Barack and Michelle was caus­ing “a lot of ner­vous­ness” in the whole U.K. gov­ern­ment. They re­port­edly wor­ried that it might cause ten­sion and of­fended Trump if his pre­de­ces­sor snagged an in­vite when he did not. “Trump could re­act very badly if the Oba­mas get to a Royal wed­ding be­fore he has had a chance to meet the Queen,” said a source. It is said that the guests are long­stand­ing friends whom Harry and Meghan have known for years. “Those in at­ten­dance will be peo­ple who one or both of the cou­ple has a ex­ist­ing di­rect re­la­tion­ship with,” shares a royal source. Although the Oba­mas are not in­vited to the nup­tials, the source re­veals that the cou­ple is plan­ning to pay a visit to them soon. “Both the cou­ples look for­ward to see­ing each other soon,” the source says. Barack and Harry’s friend­ship is known to all, with them show­ing off their bro­mance while watch­ing a wheel­chair bas­ket­ball match at the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto last year. “They were both chat­ting to the two ladies next to me. I think they’re both nurses in Ger­many,” fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst Jes­sica Stickle, who also joined the pair in the front row, shared. “Harry and Barack were laugh­ing a lot with each other and seemed like best buds. They were cheer­ing and Barack was giv­ing the thumbs up so he seemed re­ally happy with the re­sult.”

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