Barack Obama and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto
Given the decision of the Prince and his wife to be to not invite the current American President, Donald Trump, because of his racial slurs and flagrant disregard for democratic values, many had said that inviting the Obamas to the wedding would have been a 'diplomatic timebomb'.
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But the Obamas will not be alone in not attending the wedding. Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning British monarch, will also skip the wedding in all probability.
According to sources, the Queen, as the head of the Anglican Church, cannot attend a divorcee's wedding, since the teachings of the church clearly mention that marriage is for life and Markle has been divorced once. Earlier, the queen had avoided attending the second marriage of her own son, Prince Charles.
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President Trump is yet to formally visit the UK and meet the queen. The President is said to have canceled a visit to London to inaugurate the new U.S. embassy built at the cost of whopping £750 million.
A source told the Daily Mail,
“It won't be a state occasion. If Mr. Obama was invited, the invitation could look like a snub to Mr. Trump, and His Royal Highness would not wish to cause a diplomatic row.”
Veteran diplomats and those with knowledge of the issue had been warning the prince and his soon-to-be wife about the risks of inviting Mr. Obama and leaving Trump out.