Prince Harry and the Obamas have shared a warm friendship over the years and many people expected that Barack and Michelle would be at the top of the guest list for his May 19th wedding to Meghan Markle.
But as news is trickling out about the people who have actually been invited, there are several surprising omissions, leaving many wondering why.
Fox News reports that the reason for the former First Family's exclusion is actually complicated and goes to show that more is involved with planning a Royal wedding than any of us realized.
Fox cites a recent People piece that delves into the Royal guest list and why the Obamas didn't make the cut.
One reason cited is the desire to keep politics out of the Royal wedding. Showing preference for the leader of one U.S. political party over another might lead to hard feelings in the relationship between the two countries.
In fact, there will be a conspicuous absence of political leaders across the board; even Prime Minister Theresa May is not expected to attend.
According to People, “Whereas royal heir Prince William‘s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 had world leaders and dignitaries in attendance, a similar list of prominent guests is ‘not required’ for Harry, who is currently fifth-in-line to the throne (and soon to be sixth with the birth of William and Kate’s third child later this month).
“If there are senior members of other royal families invited to the wedding, it will be because Harry has a close relationship with them.”
Another reason is said to be the accommodations at the venue. Seating at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is limited, at least in comparison to Westminster Abbey where William and Kate were wed.
There is room for about 600 guests at St. George's Chapel while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed in front of 1,900 attendees.
People also reported, "the guest list is being reserved for long-standing friends Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, have known for years."
“Those in attendance will be people who one or both of the couple has an existing direct relationship with,” a royal source revealed. And although the Obamas have supported Prince Harry in many of his charitable endeavors, including the Invictus Games, their friendship status must not fulfill the strict criteria necessary for winning an invite.
After the ceremony, “Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will hold a private reception later that evening for the newlyweds, with close friends and family members in attendance at an undisclosed location.”