Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s absence from Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party might mean things have
cooled between the Sussexes and the Obamas.
The weekend bash went from big
to not-so-big after backlash — you know, COVID — forced party planners to scale
down the event.
But would Harry and Meghan be
among those cut from the guest list? Sure! Why not?
“Despite the Obamas not
attending the Sussexes’ wedding that year, it was thought that the newly
California-based couple would be shoo-ins at Obama’s 60th, as prominent
‘progressives’ and newfound members of the U.S. metropolitan liberal elite,”
suggested royal expert Camilla Tominey in the Daily Telegraph.
However, a source claimed the
Obamas “didn’t like Harry attacking his family” during the couple’s interview
with Oprah Winfrey.
“They value family and
certainly aren’t the type of people who would want their children talking to
the press,” said the insider, who added that Harry and Meghan bad-mouthing the
Royal Family during various interviews “arguably will not have gone down
particularly well with a couple that have always put family first.”
Harry and the Obamas go way
back, but Tominey said she believes the Obamas don’t want to associate
themselves with the Sussexes and the negative publicity that tends to follow
Shortly after the Oprah
interview aired, Michelle Obama shared her feelings about it with Access
Hollywood, going so far as to suggest Prince Charles and Prince William are
“trapped” in the royal system.
“My hope is that, when I think
about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I
just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at
some point in time. Because there’s nothing more important than family.”