Most people worry about getting along with their in-laws. The royal family has to appease heads of state.
British government officials have warned Prince Harry against inviting his friends, the Obamas, to his wedding in May, citing concerns that the invitation could put the country’s relations with President Trump on-edge.
A senior government source told The Sun Prince Harry is determined to have the former first couple present when he marries actress Meghan Markle.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” the official said. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.”
The source suggested the prime minister might intervene. “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.”
Prince Harry bonded with Barack and Michelle Obama during the Invictus Games, an athletic competition the prince created for wounded veterans. The Obamas had participatory roles in the 2014 and 2016 games.
Following the news of the royal engagement, Obama tweeted out 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
The royal family does not have a close relationship with President Trump. Markle made negative comments about then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election.
Last month, UK Prime Minister Theresa May criticized President Trump for retweeting videos from a far-right British group that allegedly depicted Muslims committing crimes.
The president fired back, telling May to focus on “Radical Islamic Terrorism.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the prime minister to rescind her invitation for President Trump to visit the UK.
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. pic.twitter.com/oZ1Kt0JCfY
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 30, 2017
British politicians worry a snub to the president could worsen relations with the US.
Because the wedding is not a state event, the government only has a consultative role in decision-making. The royal family is making their own guest list, and heads of state are not invited.
And you thought your wedding was stressful.