Officials of the British government are appealing to Prince Harry not to invite the Obamas to his wedding for fear of infuriating Donald Trump, The Sun reports.
This is as Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle have told aides they want the former US president and wife Michelle at their big day on May 19.
The 33-year-old prince has become good friends with the Obamas lately as Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House sunk.
Trump is expected to be enraged if his predecessor is invited when he may likely be ignored. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a senior government official told The Sun.
“Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen. “Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide.
If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.” As the wedding is not a state occasion, the Government only have a consultative role in its organization and heads of state will not be invited.
The guest list is instead being drawn up in full by Buckingham Palace rather than the Department of Culture, Media and Sport – which presides over national events such as state funerals.
Last month, Obama tweeted his congratulations when Harry and Meghan announced their engagement.
He said he and wife Michelle were “delighted”. “We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together,” the 44th American president added.