Trudeau, Trump, May, Obamas not on guest list for royal wedding
Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
LONDON -- It will be friends and family, rather than politicians and world leaders, at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding next month.
Kensington Palace says "it has been decided that an official list of political leaders -- both U.K. and international -- is not required" for the wedding.
That means U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are not among 600 people invited to the May 19 ceremony at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel.
A spokesperson for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CTV News Monday that he and his wife, Sophie Gregorie Trudeau, will not be attending the wedding.
The decision was reached after royal officials consulted with the British government to go over protocol and precedent.
A person with knowledge of the guest list who spoke on condition of anonymity says former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also are not attending.
Many politicians and world leaders attended the much larger 2011 wedding of Harry's older brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. The rules of succession mean that, unlike William, Harry is unlikely to one day occupy the throne.
That gives him and Markle, an American actress, some leeway to make the wedding more of a personal and less of a state affair.
The Obamas have a warm personal relationship with Harry, which had led to speculation they would be at Windsor Castle for the wedding.