Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Do Not Need The UK Government’s Approval For Their Wedding Guest List [Opinion]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can invite who they want, and there’s very little that the U.K. government can do about it.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem to have ironed out the basic plans for their upcoming nuptials, like the wedding date and venue. However, the most significant hurdle has yet to be tackled: the guest list.

Obamas Vs. Donald Trump

As soon as the former TV star and her strawberry-haired prince announced their engagements, royal watchers shared their opinions on who would be invited to their wedding. The Obamas were one of the first people to be placed on that list of presumed invitees.

According to Newsweek, Prince Harry and the Obamas seem to have a good friendship between them, even after the couple left their position at the White House. So, the probability of the Obamas attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is quite high.

As a result, however, most of the public presumed that President Trump would not be invited to the royal wedding, due to his open disapproval of Barack Obama and his administration. Also, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t seem to approve of President Trump or his administration.

The current U.S. president, however, is known for his quick temper, and the U.K. government fears that inviting the Obamas may offend Trump, said a source to the Sun.

“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness. Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.”

Meghan Markle spends her first Christmas with Prince Harry and the British royal family.
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Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding Won’t Be Politically Charged

The U.K. government and the British monarchy are interconnected. Each institution has its own part to play for the betterment of Britain and the Commonwealth. The royal family, in particular, has a more symbolic role rather than an active one. However, due to the very nature of being British royalty, sometimes their private lives and public lives can overlap.

In any instance that might do damage to the entire monarchy, the U.K. government — and sometimes the Church of England — can intervene. A perfect example of this can be seen when Princess Margaret was barred from marrying Peter Townsend because of the edict of the Church of England, as seen in The Crown.

Royal weddings are occasions in which a British royal’s private life and public appearance blur. The guest list to a royal wedding especially must be crafted with great care.

The royal family may not be as meticulous with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s guest list as they were with Prince William’s when he married Kate Middleton. After all, the Duke of Cambridge’s wedding had much more of a political significance than Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle.

Prince William is second in line to the throne and will eventually be king one day with Kate Middleton as his queen. As a result, many foreign dignitaries and royals were invited to their wedding to see the future monarchs.

Prince Harry will soon be sixth in line to the throne — thanks to Duchess Kate’s third pregnancy. The likelihood of the red-headed royal becoming king is slim. He and his wife will play a more supportive role in the monarchy. In fact, just recently, Prince Harry took over the Duke of Edinburgh’s role as ceremonial head of the Royal Marines, reported the Telegraph. Like the Duke of Edinburgh has done for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry will provide support to Prince William when he is king.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Christmas service.
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The Royal Wedding In May Will Be A Private Affair

Due to Prince Harry’s place in the monarchy, he is given a bit more freedom in his movements, which may include who he wants at his wedding.

Lady Di’s youngest son and Meghan Markle decided to have their wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, reported the Mirror. According to Hello! Magazine, the church accommodates fewer people than Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Duchess Kate were married. Due to St. George’s more discreet wedding venue, the publication predicts that Prince Harry and his bride-to-be have chosen to hold a more intimate wedding.

The venue hints that the royal wedding in May will be more private than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials. So, it may be safe to conclude that the guest list will reflect the intimate mood the royal couple seems to have in mind for their big day. Consequently, an intimate wedding will give Meghan Markle and Prince Harry the freedom to invite whomever they want to their wedding, regardless of the U.K. government’s opinion and approval.