Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Theresa May, Trump not invited to Prince Harry's wedding

Theresa May, Trump not invited to Prince Harry's wedding

We know royal weddings are inherently political event - maybe even the most political event, outside of outright war - but bear with us here.

As well as friends and family of the couple who will attend the service in the chapel and the wedding reception afterwards, 2,640 have been invited to Windsor Castle on the day of the wedding, including some young people who 'have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities'.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have asked that anyone who wants to send them a present to mark their wedding next month to make a donation to charity instead.

The palace said invitations were extended to guests who have an existing relationship with the groom and bride. It means prime minister Theresa May and president Donald Trump will not attend the ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The Government source noted that the wedding venue, St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, was significantly smaller than Westminster Abbey, where Prince Harry's older brother William Wednesday Kate Middleton in 2011. "Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household".

Invitations to the royal wedding were dispatched in March.

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A post on Kensington Palace's official Twitter reads: "Members of the public from around the United Kingdom have this week learned that they will be amongst the 2,640 people at Windsor Castle for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's wedding". She's taking the grandmother of a 15-year-old who died in the attack as her guest.

Deaf schoolboy Reuben Litherland, 14, of Derby, who teaches fellow pupils sign language, said the invite was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Then prime minister David Cameron was invited to the 2011 wedding of Harry's brother Prince William, who is second in line to the throne after their father Prince Charles.

Earlier this week Prince Harry and Ms Markle asked for charity donations in lieu of wedding gifts, listing seven charities supported by the couple.

Also, an official from White House confirmed that neither Trump nor his wife and First Lady Melania was invited to the royal wedding.

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