One would expect a wedding as publicised as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials to include various world leaders, but that doesn’t seem quite the case for the upcoming May 19 wedding. 

Notably off the guest list: The Trumps, the Obamas and British Prime Minister Theresa May. 

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said on Tuesday (May 10), “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.” Instead, only personal friends of the couple will be inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the royal celebration in May.” 

“Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.”


There had been some speculation that the Obamas might be invited due to the close ties between the former president and Prince Harry, but it would have been diplomatically awkward to extend the invitation to them and not the Trumps.

On Tuesday, Kensington Palace also announced the invitation of some 1,200 members of the public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to join in the celebrations.They were chosen for their strong leadership and community service, and the list includes veterans from the armed forces who have sustained life-changing injuries, as well as people who ran a wide variety of charity organisations. 90s pop group the Spice Girls are also slated to be performing on the day

Sources: The Straits Times, CNN and Telegraph