Wedding bells have failed to stop tolling since it was announced that Britain’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry, is due to marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring. In a tale that can’t be said to be reminiscent of every great romantic comedy, the erstwhile Suits star started dating the royal back in 2016 after being introduced by a mutual friend.
But as things progressed, a veritable media maelstrom started to gather speed and culminated in the prince repeatedly urging the press and internet “trolls” to stop the “wave of abuse and harassment” that had plagued the actress and her family.
In fact, Prince Harry has repeatedly made it clear that his engagement, and indeed his marriage, will be conducted on the couple’s terms. Last month, he purportedly refused to sign a prenup to safeguard his fortune, which is thought to be around the £30 million mark.
And now, it’s been revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided not to invite frontline politicians to their nuptials – meaning that Theresa May and President Trump will miss out on a chance to attend.
Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided not to invite political leaders, Theresa May and Donald Trump to their wedding ceremony, which is due to be held on the 19th of May. Barack and Michelle Obama, who are known to be friends with the prince, are also not on the guest list.
“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,” a spokesperson for the palace said. “Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.”
It is believed that the couple wants a less formal guest list because Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne – and is due to be demoted to sixth once the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to her third child, expected to arrive later this month. As such, the wedding has not been considered a formal state occasion.
Additionally, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice of venue, St George’s Chapel in Windsor, has a capacity of just 600 people.
Kensington Palace has since confirmed that among the 2,640 people invited to the celebrations at Windsor Castle, 1,200 will be members of the public, including charity workers and young activists.
The number purportedly includes a soldier who lost his leg while fighting in Afghanistan; a boy from Derbyshire who is deaf and started a lunchtime sign language class at his school, and a woman who runs a café in Dumfries to provide support and training for those with special needs aged 16-25.
While it’s a shame that Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be making an appearance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, it’s evident that nothing has been said about a certain Mr Trudeau. Now, wouldn’t that make for a wonderful photo-op?