British government officials are asking Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle not to invite the Obamas to their wedding this May out of concerns about how President Donald Trump would react, The Sun reports.
According to the report, the couple has told aides that they want former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to attend their wedding after bonding with them at the Invictus Games earlier this year.
British officials worry that could be a problem. Via The Sun:
But Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House have sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.
The property billionaire does not hide his loathing of Mr Obama and is expected to be enraged if his predecessor gets the coveted call up when he won’t.
The young Royal couple’s dislike of the new president is well known.
In a 2016 interview predating the couple’s engagement, Markle told former Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore that she “might just stay in Canada” after Trump was elected.
“I mean come on, if that’s reality we are talking about, come on, that is a game changer in terms of how we move in the world here,” she said.
“Yes of course Trump is divisive. Think about just female voters alone,” she continued. “I think it was in 2012, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is and so vocal about it, that’s a huge chunk of it.”
“You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting,” she added.
According to reports, Harry has been critical of Trump in private but has avoided the topic in public.
Now officials worry that inviting the Obamas but not Trump might be a “perceived national snub will make it impossible for Theresa May to meaningfully engage with Trump,” according to The Sun.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a government official told The Sun. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen. Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”
But since the wedding is not a state occasion, the government does not have any actual control over who is invited and who isn’t.
Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May’s relations have soured after she denounced him for retweeting racist far-right propaganda and recognizing the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Obama, meanwhile, has buddied up to Harry, most recently letting him interview him for BBC Radio.
"It's also, by the way, harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the internet," President Obama talks to Prince Harry about social media during an interview for BBC radio — his first interview since leaving office. https://t.co/65qTjnZ60I pic.twitter.com/MP0jmblBsZ
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