For those who daydreamed about what kind of hat Michelle Obama would don at the royal wedding (Who would design it? Would it be understated or would she embrace the occasion and opt for more elaborate headgear?), we have some bad news.
It appears the former first couple will not be among those attending the May 19 nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Kensington Palace announced Tuesday that political leaders from within the United Kingdom and abroad will not be given those coveted spots on the guest list — meaning that even Britain’s own prime minister, Theresa May, did not score an invite.
While it didn’t look all that likely that President Trump would be invited, many speculated that the Obamas would be included. While the former president and first lady were not asked to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, the Obamas have established a friendship with Prince Harry over the years.
When asked by the BBC in December if he would be inviting his presidential pal, Prince Harry played coy. “Well, I don’t know about that,” he said. “We haven’t put the invites or the guest list together yet, so who knows whether he’s going to be invited or not. Wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”
So why the snub? Though reports circulated that the royal family was afraid that extending an invite to the Obamas would offend the current president, it’s more likely that the reason for the tight guest list has to do with location. St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the prince and the American actress are set to wed, is much smaller than Westminster Abbey, where the last royal wedding was held.
The Obamas’ press office declined The Washington Post’s request for comment.