Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s wedding will be the biggest royal spectacle of 2018 and people have already begun to wonder which famous personalities made it to the event guest list among speculations that Harry and Meghan may not be inviting the current president of the United States to the wedding ceremony expected to take place on May 19. Will the royal couple opt for the former president Barack Obama instead?
Which Names Will be On the Official Guest List?
Coming up with a guest list for a wedding can be challenging, and if the soon-to-be-married is the Prince of United Kingdom that is constantly under the public eye watching his every move, the task can be even more daunting.
Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markel want their wedding to be a small family affair which makes it challenging to navigate messy relationships and keep the guest list short so that the attendees are easily accommodated in the church. There is, undoubtedly, a huge debate unraveling at the Buckingham palace about who should and shouldn’t be invited to the wedding which is expected to take place at the Windsor Castle.
As an American national, Meghan Markel will undoubtedly be flying over several friends and family from her home country and may even consider inviting a few political personalities – but no one is certain about the names of the guests who have been lucky enough to secure a seat in the St. George’s Chapel where the royal couple will exchange vows. Could Trump be on the guest list as well? People are eagerly awaiting to see how politics and diplomacy plays out in this year’s grand royal affair.
Diplomatic Pressure in the Line of Succession
Historian Carolyn Harris explains that Prince Harry will not have to face the same diplomatic pressure at his wedding as his older brother William did simply because the soon-to-be-married prince falls at a lower place in the list of successors for the throne. Harris said that the higher a royal family member is on the list, the greater the geopolitical considerations for their wedding become.
At the moment, Prince Harry is the 5th in line of succession but he will soon be lowered to the sixth spot after Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome their third child into the family. The first in the line of succession is Prince Charles, followed by his oldest son William and, consequently, grandson and William’s first-born, George.
Friendship Between Obama and Harry
Despite the reduced diplomatic pressure on the upcoming royal wedding, speculations are on the rise that the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, might make it to the guest list due to his close, personal ties with Prince Harry. This may cause the current president, Donald Trump, to become upset over the fact that while Obama had been invited to the wedding, he had been snubbed by the royal family.
The British news reports are suggesting that the government is unsettled by the current dilemma and how it will affect the relationship between the two countries. Until now, Prince Harry has dodged all questions from the media regarding his decision to invite either the current or the former U.S. commander-in-chief.
The Snub Might Affect Trade Deal Between U.S. and U.K.
Michael Wolff, the author of controversial book Fire and Fury speculated that, knowing the current president’s temperament, he is afraid that the trade deal between U.K. and U.S. could be affected as a result of Obama being invited to the royal wedding instead of Trump. He said Trump has a simple principle when it comes to foreign policy: As long as the British give him the respect that he demands, he will fulfill their wishes – at least those which are in his best interest.
Others thinks that not being invited to the wedding will probably not affect the trade deal because the wedding takes place in four months whereas the trade deal is expected to occur further down the road. Any offense for being ‘snubbed’ by the soon-to-be-wed royal couple will be offset by Trump’s state visit which is being planned at the moment. A European researcher, Usherwood, says that Trump has the attention span of a child. Even if he does take offense for not getting the invite, he will probably forget about it the next day.