As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's highly-anticipated wedding nears, the sure-to-be A-list guest list is becoming more and more hotly awaited. Who will make the cut and who will be snubbed is perhaps a greater concern than Oscar snubs. But one snub seems to be clear: Donald Trump is probably not invited. The president himself confirmed that he has yet to receive a formal invitation (probably because they have not been sent yet), but wished the couple happiness.
When asked in an interview with Piers Morgan if he has gotten an invite, Trump said per The Telegraph, "Not that I know of." When asked if he'd like to go, the president was political in his answer (for once). "I want them to be happy," he said. "I really want them to be happy. They look like a lovely couple." And, even though Morgan tried to bait the short-tempered Trump by reminding him of some negative comments the royal couple has made about him in the past (Markle called Trump "divisive" and a "misogynist" in a 2016 interview), he didn't cave. "Well, I still hope they’re happy," he said.
It seems that Trump's new-found respect for the royals might have something to do with his own family. In the same interview, he explained that his mother, the late Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, who was born in Scotland and immigrated in 1930, had a "great sense of regal." She "had a love for the Queen," he added. "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 UK." Despite this love, the forty-fifth president has yet to make a formal visit to England, though one is planned for later this year.
The lack of invitation may not be a snub at all. Prince William and Kate Middleton did not invite any major political officials to their 2011 wedding, including Barack and Michelle Obama, following the advice of The Foreign Office. This means that even though Prince Harry and Obama are IRL friends beyond their political history, he likely won't be getting an invitation either. Which is really a shame because Michelle would have rocked the hell out of a fancy hat.
Invitations likely won't be sent out until one month before the May 19 wedding, so there's still some time for Trump or the Obamas to squeeze on to the list—but don't hold your breath, Donald.