Since the announcement of Prince Harry’s wedding, many have speculated about the guest list. In fact, several are wondering whether the Obamas will receive an invite, a question the soon-to-be groom dodged in a recent interview.
During a segment on a BBC radio program, the reporter asked him if former U.S. President Barack Obama would receive a special note in the mail, but Prince Harry said he didn’t want to “ruin that surprise.”
"We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not. I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise," he replied.
Why is the Obama invite so controversial?
The British government is concerned about how current President Donald Trump would react amid a shaky relationship between the U.S. and U.K., reports say.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun said, citing a senior government official. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the queen.”
Although the royal family and U.K. politicians have become close acquaintances with the Obamas in recent years, rallying together for the Invictus Games and appearing together in public several times, their encounters with Trump have not been as friendly.
In November, British Prime Minister Theresa May was critical of Trump’s decision to retweet a string of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group purporting to show violence being committed by Muslims. May's office said it was "wrong" for the president to have done so.
The prince’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, has also called out Trump in the past.
But Prince Harry and Markle don’t have the sole say on the invites. The British parliament will aid the couple.
“Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide,” The Sun reported. “If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”
The nuptials are set for May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in London.