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Although the Obamas and Prince Harry have a famously close relationship, the former first couple might not score an invite to the upcoming royal wedding—and if they don't, Donald Trump will likely be to blame.
According to People (opens in new tab), government officials in the U.K. are reportedly encouraging Harry not to invite the Obamas for fear of offending current POTUS Donald Trump (who is unlikely to receive an invitation of his own).
It remains to be seen if Harry and Meghan Markle will take the advice of government officials, however.
According to The Sun (opens in new tab), the couple have made it clear that they would like to invite the Obamas to their wedding on May 19.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a source told The Sun. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.”
While Trump was originally scheduled to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom in 2017, the trip was postponed until July of 2018 and has since been downgraded to a "working trip," during which Trump will not meet the Queen.
Of course, being the president of the United States is no guarantee of a royal wedding invitation. In 2011, Obama didn't receive an invitation to William and Kate's wedding (which was considered a state event, while Harry and Meghan's nuptials will not be), even though he was the sitting president at the time.
Since the guest list for Harry and Meghan's wedding is being handled by Buckingham Palace, rather than the governmental Department of Culture, Media and Sport (which would be in charge if it were a state event), there's no telling yet if the Obamas will receive a coveted invitation or not.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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