Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to chop their potential wedding guest list, ruling out all world leaders, including former President Obama and anyone from the Donald Trump administration.
That solves a sticky problem on this side of the Atlantic, but how the decision will play out in Europe is another matter. Slighting pols from the continent, the Middle East and former colonies could cause an international incident.
Kensington Palace made the announcement today. The couple will have no have political guests at their wedding on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK 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,” a palace spokesman said.
Instead, invitations have been sent to members of the public, who have been asked to join the celebrations at Windsor Castle for the couple’s big day.
A post on Kensington Palace’s official Twitter reads:
“Members of the public from around the UK have this week learned that they will be amongst the 2,640 people at Windsor Castle for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding. The couple asked Lord Lieutenants to invite 1,200 people to join the celebrations, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.
The palace detailed some of the guests who will be attending:
“Here are the stories of some of the people who will be joining the celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th. Philip Gillespie from Ballymena who lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan and works to raise funds and awareness for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Pamela Anomneze from Haringey. Pamela is the manager of Studio 306 Collective CIC, a social enterprise that helps those recovering from mental health issues through the creative arts. Reuben Litherland from Derby. Reuben was born deaf and has started lunchtime lessons to teach sign language at school. Amy Wright from Annan. Amy is Chair of Board of Directors for the Usual Place café in Dumfries, which provides employment training and support for young people aged 16-25 with special needs.”
Harry has been a big supporter of the Invictus Games, where wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball\ and indoor rowing.
While world leaders won’t be in the crowd, no word yet on whether celebrities like George Clooney and Amal Clooney will be invited.