The British government is worried that Donald Trump may feel snubbed if Barack and Michelle Obama are invited to Prince Harry’s wedding next year.
Prince Harry is close to the Obamas following their collaboration during the Invictus Games, a sporting event for war veterans, in September. The British government is concerned with the potential diplomatic fallout if the former American president meets the royal family before the current president does.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” the tabloid quotes a “senior government source” saying. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the queen.”
The report indicated that May could have the final word over inviting the Obamas. “If the PM [Theresa May] lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up,” said the goverment official.
Trump was invited on an official state visit — including a meeting with the queen — to the U.K. early this year by Prime Minister Theresa May, but the visit has yet to be scheduled.
Reports suggest that Trump’s visit was put off until next year due to the expected negative reaction of his visit, especially after a series of Twitter interventions by the president in British affairs in which he criticized the U.K.’s response to terror attacks and London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan.
Most recently, the president retweeted racist videos from far-right group Britain First, drawing an unusually strong reaction from Downing Street.