UK and foreign politicians are not on the official guest list for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
It is understood that US President Donald Trump, former US President Barack Obama, Theresa May, and other UK political leaders have not been invited to the May 19 ceremony and are not expected to attend in any official capacity.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “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. Her Majesty’s government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household.”
The couple’s 600 guests are expected to be people with whom Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a direct relationship, which is considered appropriate for the wedding of the prince and Markle. This is in contrast to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which was attended by leading UK figures and foreign heads of state or their representatives.
Kensington Palace has named some of the members of the public who have been chosen to join the crowds inside the grounds of Windsor Castle on the couple’s wedding day. Amelia Thompson, 12, who was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing last year, is on the list. She plans to take Sharon Goodman, who lost her 15-year-old granddaughter, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, in the attack. She also hopes a ticket can be found for Harriet Taylor, one of the daughters of Jane Tweddle, who also died at the arena.
Pamela Anomneze, who works at the Studio 306 Collective helping people with mental health problems, said she felt excited and overwhelmed to be one of the chosen guests.
She said: “I got an email informing me, and I thought it was an April Fools’ Day prank.”
Kensington Palace announced in March that 1,200 members of the public would be among the crowds allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle during the 19 May wedding at St George’s Chapel. The group were nominated by regional lord lieutenant offices. Meghan and Harry had asked for attendees to come from a range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.