When Britain’s Prince Harry announced his engagement to American Meghan Markle on November 27th of this year, many in his country and around the world rejoiced. Everyone loves a royal love story and a royal wedding. And in many respects, it is a royal love affair that could only be celebrated in the 21st century.
HRH Prince Henry of Wales will not be the first member of Britain’s royal family to marry an American. Nor will he be the first to marry a divorced American. That dubious distinction belongs to his great-great uncle, Edward, Duke of Windsor, who renounced the throne as King Edward VIII in order to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson. But Harry, unlike Edward or his own father Prince Charles, will never be the head of the Church of England. As you may recall when Charles married his long-time love Camilla in 2005, she was divorced so their marriage was a civil ceremony, followed by a “blessing” service. When his aunt, the Princess Royal, remarried for a second time, she chose to have the wedding conducted by the Church of Scotland.
As a “minor” royal, Harry’s nuptials will not be a State affair. Their wedding is scheduled to take place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May of 2018, one month after HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is scheduled to give birth to her third child. The royal family will be picking up the expenses for all the wedding activities. While royal traditions and customs will dictate much of what happens during the ceremony, Harry and Meghan face one problem that nearly every engaged couple has to deal with. Who to invite to the wedding?
As the chapel at Windsor Castle is not nearly as large as Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral, the sites of recent state weddings, the list is going to be limited. Naturally family and close friends of the couple will receive invitations, and no doubt some prominent political figures as well. But no sooner had the engagement been announced than controversy arose over one particularly sticky issue.
It is well known that Prince Harry and former President Barack Obama are good friends. The Obamas supported Prince Harry’s favorite charity The Invictus Games for wounded warriors. In fact, Prince Harry interviewed the former president on BBC 4 in Toronto last September during The Invictus Games “to talk about his [Obama’s] memories of the day he left office, his post-presidential work with the Obama Foundation, and his hopes for the future.” Click on the link above to listen to the entire interview.
So there has naturally been speculation whether the couple will invite the Obamas to attend their wedding. Members of HM government have expressed concerns that inviting Obama and not inviting the current president Donald Trump could cause serious repercussions. Because as everyone knows, if there is one thing Trump absolutely cannot tolerate, it is being left out of the limelight.
The British newspaper The Sun reports
A senior government source said “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at his wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness. Trump could react badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.”
However, as this wedding is NOT a State occasion and heads of state will not be invited, the government cannot order Prince Harry to invite Trump. They can only “consult” with the Queen on the matter.
Prince Harry also has some very personal reasons to dislike Donald Trump. Another article by The Sun reveals
“Donald Trump bragged he could have seduced Princess Diana and even made a sick joke about forcing her to have an HIV test in a radio interview – just a few months after she died.”
And in another interview Trump told DJ Howard Stern he thought she was ‘crazy’ but that was a ‘minor detail.’
Maybe Trump has forgotten saying those things about the former Princess of Wales, but it is extremely doubtful that her younger son has. So whether the Obamas receive an invitation to the royal wedding or not, it would be a cold day in hell before Donald Trump, no matter if he is the current president of the United States, would be allowed within a hundred miles of it.
Don’t forget either that millions of British subjects have signed petitions objecting to the proposed State visit by Donald Trump, which has already been postponed indefinitely. And some members of Parliament have called for his arrest on the floor of the House of Commons if he steps foot in their country. Perhaps the government officials should be more concerned about how their constituents feel about Donald Trump and less to Trump’s probable temper tantrum if the Obamas get an invitation and he doesn’t.
This day should belong to Prince Harry and his bride – not to Donald Trump.