Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markle will undoubtedly have a packed house for their upcoming nuptials, but one famous face might be noticeably missing from the guest list: Donald Trump. The president said he wasn't invited to the royal wedding in an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV. "Not that I know of," he added.
It's not unusual for the president of the United States to not attend a royal wedding. The Obamas weren't invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011 — however, there's been talk that Obama, being friends with Harry, might be invited to his wedding, and not Trump. But either way, Harry is sidestepping questions about which current and former presidents are invited at the moment.
"We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not," the prince said of Obama on BBC Radio 4's program Today. "I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise."
According to reports by The Sun, the British government was worried that Harry inviting Obama might offend Trump, causing problems with the potential Brexit deal. But, judging by this latest interview with Trump, it doesn't sound like that would be the case.
When Piers asked Trump whether or not he'd be interested in attending Harry and Meghan's wedding, he replied:
I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy. They look like a lovely couple.
Markle also doesn't seem like she'd enjoy having Trump at her wedding, having referred to him as "divisive" and "misogynistic" on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore in 2016.
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.
When Piers reminded Trump of the comments Markle made about him, he said, "Well, I still hope they're happy." He also said his late mother, Mary, loved the British royals: "[She had a] great sense of regal."
She had a love for the Queen. She had a love for the Royal family. She really respected the Queen, and she loved the pomp and ceremony. The fact is, she loved the U.K.
Inviting a former head of state instead of the current president of the United States wouldn't be a surprising move for the couple, given that they plan to buck a lot of traditions at their wedding. Markle plans to give her own speech at the wedding, as opposed to her Maid of Honor, they're also planning their wedding on a Saturday, which is unusual for royal weddings, which are usually held during the week, and they're planning on skipping the procession through London.
But, the official guest list is still up in the air, as Markle and Prince Harry have yet to send out any wedding invitations, according to Brides. And it's also been reported that the royal couple will host a much smaller affair than William and Kate, which saw around 600 guests.
According to Brides, royal rule dictates that both the Queen and the government must approve all wedding guests, so the decision of whether or not Trump is invited will ultimately be up to them. However, the Foreign Office has already requested that Markle and Prince Harry leave any political heads or officials off the guest list in order to maintain diplomatic relations.