Royal Newlyweds Snub The Obamas At Wedding
Cameras are flashing as Oprah, George Clooney and Elton John are all dressed to the nines for the Royal Wedding, but where’s Harry’s good friend Barack Obama?
Barack and Michelle were among the first to congratulate Prince Harry for his engagement to the American actress Meghan Markle, but their names were quietly bumped from the expected guest list.
And while Donald and Melania weren’t invited either, they’ve still announced that they would be sending their own gift:
“President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts.”
The charities chosen by the couple go from sports, to women, to HIV and veterans. The Trumps did not specify which charities should receive their particular gift, and the cash amount of the gift is unknown.
In the past, it was tradition for Americans to send a specific kind of fancy glass bowl as a gift, which seems like an odd choice until you remember the whole thing in 1776 with King George. Moving on, America has enjoyed a cordial relationship with her own ex, the British empire.
Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift. https://t.co/lzfrRmoeUv pic.twitter.com/nxrTZtIKBY
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
Barack and Harry
In the last few years, Barack Obama and Harry have developed a good relationship. In fact, Barack’s first official interview with media after leaving the Oval Office was not with an American group, but rather with the BBC. In an effort to make the interview more exciting, Prince Harry took the microphone and was the first man to perform the exit interview.
Meghan’s first public appearance with Harry took place at the Invictus Games in September of last year. The Invictus Games is patronized by Prince Harry to honor wounded service men and women. Barack and Michelle first began to interact with Harry through the games. And as mentioned before, they were among the first out of the gate to congratulate Meghan and Harry on their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017
Nothing sinister there, just some representatives being pleasant with each other.
At the lead-up to the 2016 Invictus Games, Michelle said this about Harry and the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton:
“The most precious thing, if you haven’t already fallen in love with him, is to see him with his nephew. He’s got a pretty good uncle, over there.
But the fact that Barack gave his first post-office interview to Harry should mean that they’re more than friends, right? Especially because Markle has been vocal against the current President and supportive of Hillary.
Meghan Markle Doesn’t Care For Trump
At the age of 36, Meghan, the brand new Duchess of Sussex was born in Los Angeles and is best known from her 2011-2017 role on Suits, a television show that was filmed in Canada. She was previously married to a man named Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. She met Harry in 2016, was engaged by November 2017. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is sixth in line for the throne after his father Prince Charles, his brother William, and William’s three children.
In January of this year, Meghan deleted all of her social media accounts. In online terms, it’s called “sliding” to want to push a bit of bad news to page two of the Google search results.
In this short video from a 2016 interview, Meghan Markle called Trump “divisive” and implied that he’s bad news for women. The comment section calls her a “gold digging air head” and a “dimwit,” recalling accusations from her family that she’s a “social climber.”
The interview is being “slid” off of social media by news agencies that don’t want to bring it up.
“You’re not just voting for Hilary because she’s a woman, but because Trump has made it obvious that you don’t want to live in that sort of world.”
And still, Trump sent her a wedding gift from his own wallet on the same day that he donated his salary to the VA.
While Michelle and Barack were absent from the guest list, there were many other high-profile celebrities on the ground to fill out the slate and up the security costs.
Among them was:
- Oprah Winfrey
- George and Amal Clooney
- Elton John, writer of Candle in the Wind
- Tennis Player Serena Williams and her husband, the founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian
- Actor Idris Elba
- Singer James Blunt
- Actress Gina Torres, the wife of Laurence Fishburne
- David Beckham and wife Victoria “Posh Spice”
And of course, numerous members of the royal family.
Good luck to the two of them. It’s hard to live a private life under such a glass bowl of media coverage.
Sources: Us Magazine, Vanity Fair, Elite Daily, People