At long last, the world watched as Prince Harry and his now-wife, American actress Meghan Markle, wed today at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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While Trump’s name has seldom come up – he, along with other world leaders, was not invited to the royal affair – the BBC, Britain’s premiere news outlet, nonetheless took the opportunity to troll the American.
BBC Three took to Twitter to compare a photo of the crowd lining the streets at the royal procession to the crowd at Trump’s ill-attended inauguration.
just saying ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/1zoOGFKeU3
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) May 19, 2018
Prior to this, the royals have been especially mum when it came to Trump. Many were waiting to see if he or his predecessor, whose legacy he has predicated his presidency on destroying, would be invited.
Ultimately, they decided against invites for any world leaders.
“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both UK and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said. “Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household.”
According to CNN, “Barack and Michelle Obama, who are close to the couple, will not be attending, although the royal source would not say whether they had been invited.”
It has already been reported that the couple was “strongly advised” to forego an invitation for the Obamas to avoid any diplomatic awkwardness.
“[Harry and Meghan] are real people and they do want to do their own thing, but I think they’ll also be very conscious of the fact that, from a [public relations] point of view, any major mistakes…you could regret that for a very long time,” Duncan Larcombe, a British journalist and biographer of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, said of the potential fallout from an Obama invite.
There will be no official UK or overseas guests at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. No Theresa May, President Trump or Obamas.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) April 10, 2018
Because world leaders may attend the wedding on their basis of their personal relationships with the royal couple, it is possible that Obama and his wife were indeed invited. It would not be surprising, however, if they turned down the invitation to mitigate any impending ill will– not that they could ever expect the same treatment from the man currently occupying the Oval Office.
Trump, for his part, appeared to always have tempered expectations about an invitation prior to this decision. In an interview with Piers Morgan several months ago, he was asked whether he has received an invitation to the wedding at Windsor Castle between Prince Harry and Markle, to which Trump replied simply, “Not that I know of.”
When further pressed, Trump’s only response was, “I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy. They look like a lovely couple.”
The same sentiment, however, has not been shared by the royal couple.
Markle, for her part, has called the president “divisive” and a “misogynist,” labels that were brought up during the interview. When Morgan shared Markle’s remarks, Trump could only respond, “Well, I still hope they’re happy.”
It’s possible that Trump’s rare curbed language was a testament to his continued hopes of snatching an invitation, although his efforts in that case have proven futile.
In fact, Trump’s relationship with the UK has been especially fraught in recent months. After Trump took to Twitter to retweet a far-right extremist group, a London council passed an official motion to the UK government to revoke its state visit invitation to the “bigoted” U.S. President.
Per The Independent, “A motion passed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich vowed that Donald Trump ‘would not be welcome’ in the area if the engagement goes ahead.”
Luckily, the royals didn’t have to endure the classlessness of the U.S. President, and even got a much-deserved jab in at the last minute.