With just over a month left until the royal wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are likely finishing up the final touches for their big day, with details making headlines on a near-daily basis. But one question on every royal fan’s mind that has yet to be answered is who made the cut for this year’s most-coveted guest list?
According to a statement released by Kensington Palace Tuesday, two famous faces who will not be making the trip across the pond are Barack and Michelle Obama, who’ve become close friends with Prince Harry in recent years. (Harry and Michelle have both done extensive amounts of work in support of U.S. veterans, and Barack supported Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto last September).
“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders—both U.K. and international—is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” the statement reads. “Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.”
A royal source also told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and Markle’s wedding is not considered a “state occasion,” meaning that international dignitaries would not be expecting an invite anyway. “William is heir to the throne and one day will be King so his wedding was a state event unlike Harry’s,” the insider said. “President and Mrs. Obama are not coming to the wedding, but the couples look forward to seeing each other soon.”
It is also unlikely that President Trump or First Lady Melania will make an appearance; British Prime Minister Teresa May is not expected to attend either. “Those in attendance will be people who one or both of the couple has an existing direct relationship with,” the source added.
By contrast, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials was attended by a litany of foreign dignitaries and politicians, including then-British Prime Minister David Cameron and members of reigning royal families from around the globe.
Though they will not attend the wedding, both Barack and Michelle have been vocal in their support for Harry and Markle’s relationship. Last November, shortly after the Palace announced the pair’s engagement, former President Obama tweeted his congratulations.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017
“Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement,” he wrote. “We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.”
Harry and Markle will get married at Windsor Castle on May 19.