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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Neither Trump nor Obama will be in the Royal Wedding

Por Nina

After months of speculation about whether the Obamas or the Trumps would be invited to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be held next month, the final answer is that neither of them will attend. To carefully avoid the issue, Kensington Palace unveiled an opaque statement saying no politician would be invited to the wedding to be held on May 19 at Windsor Castle, not even Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain.

According to the newspaper The Daily Mail, the couple decided not to invite any politician. This includes the former president of the United States Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, who are friends of Prince Harry. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were not invited, nor were other US officials elected, sources from the White House and royal sources told CNN. A spokesman for the Kensington Palace said: "It has been decided that an official list of political leaders, both British and international, is not required for the wedding of Prince Henry and Miss Markle." "His Majesty's government was consulted on that decision, which was taken by the Royal Family."

The lack of an "official list" was interpreted by royal observers that invitations would not be sent to political leaders. By deciding that attendees would be limited to close friends and family, the couple kept things low, breaking a long tradition of British royal weddings attended by world leaders and politicians.

The question of inviting the Obamas or the Trumps was always difficult. It was widely believed that the Obamas had an advantage since Prince Harry and Barack Obama forged a friendship when they attended the Unbeaten Games that took place last year in Toronto. During the event, Prince Harry interviewed the former president for the emblematic "Today" program of BBC Radio 4, being the first international interview granted by Obama after the end of his term.

Although British newspapers reported in December that the royal couple was under great diplomatic pressure to invite President Trump and the first lady, even though Markle was a critic of Trump. The prime minister is anxious to maintain good relations with the White House, since there is an intention to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement as quickly as possible after Britain leaves the European Union. A palace source, who spoke anonymously and following protocol, said Prince Harry and Markle expected to see the Obama soon, though they confirmed that they would not attend the wedding.