Resolute diplomatic enigma: Ni Trumps and Obamas attend the royal wedding


The question of the Obamas versus the Trumps was always difficult. In general, it was believed that the Obamas had the inside track, after Prince Harry and Obama forged a friendship while attending the Invictus Games in Toronto last year.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaking with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia at Buckingham Palace after her wedding with Prince William of Great Britain at Westminster Abbey in London, on April 29, 2011.

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During the event, Prince Harry interviewed the former president of BBC Radio 4's flagship program, "Today", in Obama's first international interview after leaving office.

However, British newspapers reported in December that the royal couple was under great diplomatic pressure to invite President Trump and the first lady, even though Mrs. Markle was a critic of Mr. Trump. Downing Street is eager to maintain good relations with the White House, with the aim of negotiating a bilateral trade agreement as quickly as possible after Britain leaves the European Union.

A Palace source, speaking on condition of anonymity after the protocol, said Prince Harry and Mrs. Markle expected to see the Obamas soon, but confirmed they would not attend the wedding.

The Palace fountain said that 600 guests would be invited to the wedding ceremony, according to the size of St. George. Chapel, and said it is not necessary for the royal couple to invite world leaders and politicians to their wedding because Prince Harry is not a direct heir to the throne.

He is the fifth in line after his father, Prince Charles, his brother, Prince William and his brother's children.

Some world leaders can still be invited to the wedding based on their personal relationship with the royal couple and not on their official capacity, the Palacio added.

Prince Harry and Mrs. Markle have also invited 1,200 members of the public to Windsor Castle to celebrate their marriage. On Monday they asked people to donate to charities instead of sending them wedding gifts.

"The couple has chosen charities that represent a variety of pbadionate topics, such as sports for social change, the empowerment of women, conservation and the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces", said Kensington Palace in a statement.

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