Why Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Only Invite Princess Diana’s 2 Sisters to Their Wedding, But Not to Their Reception Unlike Oprah or George Clooney Who Were Invited to Both Events?

Why Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Only Invite Princess Diana’s 2 Sisters to Their Wedding, But Not to Their Reception Unlike Oprah or George Clooney Who Were Invited to Both Events?

Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married each other this afternoon in England, necks craned eagerly to see just who would be getting out of the luxury vehicles—and the shuttle bus—outside of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, while millions tuned in from around the world to watch the red carpet-reminiscent procession.

The usual suspects were all accounted for—Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Kate Middleton and Prince William. Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla. The groom's royal first cousins, including Zara Tindall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. All three of Princess Diana's siblings. Victoria and David Beckham (practically royalty at this point).

Then there were the less usual suspects. But while the Hollywood contingent was out in fuller force today for Meghan and Harry—the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex—than it was for Will and Kate seven years ago, overall this was a much smaller affair.

Roughly 1,900 guests witnessed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marry at Westminster Abbey—but St. George's Chapel only seats 800, and Harry and Meghan economically whittled their ceremony list down to a reported 600. And only 200 were invited to the evening reception at Frogmore House, which follows a daytime reception hosted by the queen.

Meaning, simply, that hundreds of royal wedding guests in 2011 just wouldn't be repeating the experience in 2018. But how does that final list come together? 

Much was made, for instance, of whether or not former President Barack Obama would receive an invitation, as he and Michelle Obama are chummy with the groom and had a most memorable meeting with William and Kate and a bathrobe-sporting Prince George at Kensington Palace a few years back. And if the Obamas were invited, would the current U.S. president and the First Lady be as well?

At the end of the day, none of the above were invited, nor was British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"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 Palace explained in a statement last month. "Her Majesty's government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household."

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Perhaps Harry and Meghan decided it wasn't worth the inevitable controversy. Then P.M. David Cameron attended Will and Kate's wedding, as did Labor leader Ed Miliband, Sir John Major (who served as a formal guardians to William and Harry after their mother's death in 1997). Margaret Thatcher was invited, but was in poor health and could not attend. But the royals were then criticized for not inviting Cameron's immediate predecessors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, with some going so far as to call it a calculated move.

 




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