More information is trickling out of Kensington Palace about the attendee list for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; unfortunately, none of it explains where my invitation has gone. Oh, and the Obamas aren’t attending, either.
The Telegraph reported that since the wedding is comparatively small and the odds of Harry ever becoming king are basically zilch, officials at Kensington Palace have announced that, “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.” That means no obligatory invite for Theresa May and no Trump representative, either, not even Mike and Mother Pence.
On Twitter, Hello! royal correspondent Emily Nash explained that “Harry and Meghan have not invited any political leaders to their wedding apart from those they already have a direct relationship with.” Nash added that the Obamas won’t attend—“The security implications of hosting a US president, past or present would have been huge, so not a surprise”—but the couples are “looking forward to seeing each other soon.”
Kensington Palace is also revealing more about the normals invited to gather outside the venue of St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, to celebrate with the happy couple. In addition to local schoolchildren and members of the Royal Household, there will be 1,200 members of the public, “including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.” Say hello:
Meanwhile, Richard Palmer of the Express noted on Twitter that, “On foreign royalty attending Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, I’m told it will depend if they are friends. Nobody will be invited because of the position they hold.” So if you are a stray German princeling, you are about to find out whether Harry really cares about spending time with you or just does it out of obligation. May the odds be ever in your favor.