Even with only four months until the long-awaited royal wedding, Kensington Palace has remained tight-lipped regarding any guest list details (maybe that's why we haven't received our invite yet). However, rumor has it that one famous family sadly won't be receiving their royal invite in the mail—the Obamas.
Prince Harry's bromance with President Obama led us to believe that his family would land a front-row seat to the royal wedding, but his role as former president of the United States might actually stand in the way.
Duncan Larcombe, a royal biographer who wrote Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told Town and Country that the Foreign Office advised Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not to influence any political relations with the U.S., hence why it's "extremely unlikely" that Michelle and Barack will attend the nuptials. This also means that current president Donald Trump probably won't make the cut, either, in order for Britain to stay neutral and unbiased. Trump also has yet to pay the Queen an official visit.
This news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since Prince William and Kate Middleton didn't invite any major political officials to their 2011 wedding, including Obama during his presidency. Larcombe thinks Harry will follow suit. The Foreign Office, which works to maintain the best interests of Britain, usually suggests that "foreign royals, dignitaries, and diplomats" not attend royal weddings, according to Lacrombe. Despite Prince Harry and Markle shaking up royal tradition, this is probably one rule they'll keep in line with. But, come on—you can't deny how cute it would have been to see the redheaded royal hug it out with his bestie Barack on his wedding day.
"There were religious leaders, members of the royal family, and commonwealth countries that were invited," Larcombe explained of William and Kate's wedding. "It’s all very carefully orchestrated to make sure that there’s no political overtone."
But, Larcombe does acknowledge Harry and Barack's close relationship, which extends beyond the political sphere into, well, genuine friendship. The duo was spotted together at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, and Harry more recently sharpened his broadcasting skills and interviewed the previous POTUS for BBC. Barack also expressed his approval for the couple on Twitter after their engagement announcement, saying, "We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together." But, since they are best buds, Lacrombe thinks Harry would break the invitation news to Barack himself, who would be more than understanding. Friendship goals.
Surprisingly, the royal wedding invites actually haven't been sent out yet, and they're one wedding detail that will have to be put off until the last minute. Guests will have to be approved by both the Queen and the government (no pressure), so the lucky attendees won't get their invitations in the mail until about a month before the May 19 nuptials.
And, with limited seats at the wedding, the future bride and groom will have to choose their guests wisely. The couple's chosen venue, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, can only accommodate 800 people, compared to Will and Kate's Westminster Abbey wedding, which had about 1,900 guests. Choosing not to invite diplomatic figures might work to Harry and Markle's advantage, giving them more seats for their nearest and dearest.
While it's still unclear whether Harry will choose to invite the Obamas or not, the main takeaway is that there's still hope considering the wedding invitations haven't been sent out yet. Crossing our fingers that we receive one!