Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is nearing and the guest list is slowly filling up, but it won't include U.S. President Donald Trump or Barack Obama.
It seemed that the royal wedding is steer clearing from politics as Kensington Palace announced that political leaders are "not required" in the May 19 event. In a sidestep move, it just meant that politicos aren't invited to the special day of Prince Harry and Markle.
"It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both U.K. and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding," the statement read.
That said, British Prime Minister Theresa May will not be able to grace the event at Windsor Castle as well. This announcement came amid the public and the media's quest of who will get to witness the union of the royal and the Hollywood actress.
There are speculations that the Obamas, Barack and Michelle, will get an invite for the upcoming wedding, though they weren't invited in the exchange of vows of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The 2011 royal wedding had 260 government officials invited, so it is safe to say that the nearing big day will have a smaller crowd.
The American power couple is a close friend of Prince Harry, as seen by the public in last year's Invictus Games. But in the light of the event, the long-running question has been put to rest. In December, Prince Harry played it safe when he said he still didn't know if the former president would be invited.
It was also the time when sources said the soon-to-be husband and wife were in great pressure of inviting Trump, though Markle is a known critic of the 45th United States president. The decision to leave out politicians, according to reports, is to play safe.
Inviting the Obamas and not the Trumps may rub people the wrong way. Others speculate that Prince Harry and Markle's wedding venue, St. George's Castle, is comparably smaller than Westminister Abbey, where Middleton and Prince William tied the knot, so the list is reserved for relatives.
On the other hand, there are also rumors that Markle's Suits family will be invited. However, a source said those invited, such as the legal drama series's executive producer Aaron Korsh, were asked to be discreet.
With the recent news about the Prince Harry and Markle's wedding, it seemed that the couple are opting for a low-key, more intimate, less grand ceremony, which is not usual for the royalty.