It may seem a large wedding to some, but even 600 in­vi­ta­tions to the week­end wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaves many on the out­side look­ing in. The Na­tional Post’s Monika Warzecha compiles who’s in and who’s out.

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Who’s in?

There are rather a lot of Bri­tish roy­als, and most are ex­pected to show up for the big day.

Queen El­iz­a­beth, who of­fi­cially is­sued the 600 wedding in­vi­ta­tions, will ob­vi­ously be in at­ten­dance. Kens­ing­ton Palace is also hope­ful Prince Philip will make it de­spite re­cov­er­ing from hip surgery.

Prince Charles and Camilla, who are host­ing an even more ex­clu­sive even­ing re­cep­tion, will of course at­tend. Prince William is best man. Prince Ge­orge is ex­pected to be a page and Prince Char­lotte a flower girl (baby Prince Louis will stay at home). Kate and her sis­ter Pippa Middleton nat­u­rally made the cut. The late Princess Diana’s sib­lings — Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah Mc­Corquo­dale and Lady Jane Fel­lowes — are guests. Lady Jane is to give a read­ing dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Who’s out?

Duchess Sarah Fer­gu­son was not in­vited to William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, but will be at the chapel for Harry’s walk down the aisle after he re­port­edly in­ter­vened on her be­half. She did not make the cut for the even­ing’s black-tie re­cep­tion, how­ever; there still ap­pears to be bad blood be­tween her ex-brother-in-law Prince Charles, who con­trols the re­cep­tion guest list. Fergie is said to be “deeply up­set.”


Who’s in?

The Daily Mail seems con­fi­dent that two of Harry’s ex-girl­friends, Chelsy Davy and Cres­sida Bonas, will be on the guest list, ar­gu­ing that the prince has re­mained on ex­cel­lent terms with both of them.

Who’s out?

Meghan’s ex-hus­band, Trevor En­gel­son, is not ex­pected to at­tend. After all, Harry is break­ing with royal tra­di­tional by marrying a di­vorcee.


Who’s in?

Meghan’s fa­ther, Thomas Markle, was sup­posed to walk her down the aisle of St. Ge­orge’s Chapel, but after an em­bar­rass­ing photo shoot and re­ported heart trou­ble, it seems un­likely that he will be able to at­tend. The palace has not con­firmed he was in hos­pi­tal in Mex­ico hav­ing a stent put in Wed­nes­day, nor has it an­nounced any al­ter­na­tive plans for his role. Mean­while Meghan’s mother, Do­ria Ragland, ar­rived from Los An­ge­les Wed­nes­day and was met at Heathrow by Meghan’s per­sonal as­sis­tant. On Satur­day, she is to ac­com­pany the bride to the chapel by car.

Who’s out?

Meghan’s es­tranged half-sib­lings, from her fa­ther’s pre­vi­ous mar­riage, are not in­vited. Sa­man­tha Grant has said she is writ­ing a tell-all book about her soon-to-be-royal re­la­tion with the ti­tle The Di­ary of Princess Pushy’s Sis­ter. Thomas Markle Jr. sent a hand­writ­ten note to In­Touch re­gard­ing his ex­clu­sion from the wedding, warn­ing Harry that Meghan is a “jaded, shal­low, con­ceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal fam­ily her­itage.”


It’s likely some of the sol­diers who served along­side Harry in Afghanistan will be in­vited.


Who’s in?

Prince Seeiso of Le­sotho has an­nounced that he and his wife will be at­tend­ing. He co-founded a char­ity with Prince Harry to help chil­dren af­fected by AIDS and HIV. Queen Sofia and King Juan Car­los of Spain are also ex­pected to at­tend.

Who’s out?

The Bri­tish press will no doubt miss the chance to fix­ate on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s shoes, but no politi­cians have been in­vited to the wedding. That means Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, who helped Prince Harry launch the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto, is out. So is Barack Obama, who has been seen palling around with Harry, and cur­rent U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump (Meghan pub­licly backed Hil­lary Clin­ton in the 2016 elec­tion). Un­like the 1,900-guest wedding of his older brother, Harry’s “small” wedding means fewer roy­als as well. The Swedish roy­als have al­ready re­ported they were not in­vited, even though Vic­to­ria, Crown Princess of Swe­den, is Harry’s fourth cousin.


Harry’s aris­to­cratic peers — Tom “Skippy” In­skip, Tom and Char­lie Van Strauben­zee, Guy Pelly, Adam Bid­well, Arthur Lan­don and Mark Dyer — are likely grooms­men.

Vi­o­let von Westen­holz, an aris­to­crat and fash­ion pub­li­cist is a friend of both Meghan and Harry and is ru­moured to have brought the pair to­gether.

Mil­lie Mackin­tosh is a friend of Meghan’s, but also part of the royal set: one of her friends is mar­ried to Pippa Middleton, and her fi­ancée once dated Princess Eu­ge­nie.

Like­wise, al­though Meghan’s friend Misha Nonoo is a Bahrain­born, Amer­i­can fash­ion de­signer she is mar­ried to a Bri­tish so­cialite who went to Eton with Harry and is friends with Princess Eu­ge­nie.


Bil­lion­aires Galen and Hi­lary We­ston, who were in­vited to William’s wedding and have a close re­la­tion­ship to the Bri­tish roy­als (Prince Charles and Galen played polo to­gether and Queen El­iz­a­beth was in­vited to Hi­lary’s 60th birth­day party) are likely guests.

Jes­sica Mul­roney, a stylist and wardrobe con­sul­tant on Markle’s TV show Suits, is ex­pected to have a big role in her close friend’s nup­tials.

All three chil­dren of Jes­sica and hus­band Ben (yes, son of Brian Mul­roney) will be in the wedding. Ivy, 4, will be a brides­maid and seven-yearold twins Brian and John will act as page boys.

A to­tal of six young brides­maids and four page boys make up the wedding party.

Pa­trick J. Adams, a Toronto ac­tor who mar­ries Meghan’s char­ac­ter on the show Suits, is likely to at­tend, along with other cast mem­bers.


In­dian ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra, a close pal of Meghan’s, dis­pelled ru­mours that she will be a brides­maid, but seems a likely in­vi­tee.

Ea­gle-eyed royal watch­ers have noted that Sir El­ton John (a close friend of Princess Diana) can­celled con­cert dates close to the big day.

Singer Mel B let slip that all the Spice Girls have been in­vited. Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, aka Posh Spice, has con­firmed she will also bring hus­band David Beck­ham (the cou­ple were also guests at Prince William’s wedding).

Ge­orge and Amal Clooney will be at the big event too, at least ac­cord­ing to Amal’s hair­styl­ist Miguel Perez, who spoke to the press after ru­mours emerged he would be in charge of the bride’s ‘do.’

Ru­mours also sug­gest ten­nis pow­er­house Ser­ena Wil­liams will be at St. Ge­orge’s Chapel.


In­vi­ta­tions to the nup­tials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were printed at the work­shop of Barnard and West­wood in Lon­don.

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