Creating the guest list is one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning, especially when who you invite could spark an international controversy and put world leaders at odds.
That appears to be the case with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they plan their May nuptials.
According to a report this week in The Sun, Prince Harry would like to invite former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to his wedding. But the British government is said to have a problem with the idea.
Why? For one, President Donald Trump doesn't have the fondest feelings for his predecessor.
With that in mind, British government aides are reportedly trying to convince Harry and his bride-to-be to leave the Obamas off the invite list, fearing their presence could upset Trump.
The House of Windsor has had a very close relationship with the Obamas through the years, and Harry himself became close with them during the Invictus Games.
Harry even interviewed Obama for a BBC radio interview that aired Wednesday, Dec. 27.
And Obama posted a congratulatory tweet to Harry and Meghan when they announced their engagement last month.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness."
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 27 November 2017
Everyone expects the Obamas to attend the nuptials, so them not getting an invite would be shocking.
Still, a senior government source told The Sun that the UK government is concerned that President Trump would be angered by Obama receiving an invitation when he won't get one himself. It doesn't make matters any better that President Trump hasn't even gotten to meet the Queen yet.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness," the official said. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen."
The guest list is currently being made by Buckingham Palace instead of the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport, which normally handles national events, the paper said.
Since the wedding is not an official state occasion, the government can only act as consultants, according to The Sun. Still, the government can exercise influence.
“Conversations are ongoing and ministers will eventually have to decide," the source said. "If the [Prime Minister] lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”
It will be interesting to see who makes the final cut come May.