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The British Government Is Really This Afraid of Upsetting Trump

Officials fear the president could "react badly" if the Obamas are invited to the royal wedding.

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Prince Harry’s spring wedding to Meghan Markle will be the social event of 2018 for world leaders, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is worried about former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attending the nuptials, The Sun reports.

“The 33-year-old prince has become good friends with the Obamas since bonding with them during the Invictus Games,” The Sun explained. “The property billionaire does not hide his loathing of Mr Obama and is expected to be enraged if his predecessor gets the coveted call up when he won’t.”

“There are deep fears among senior Foreign Office and No10 officials that another perceived national snub will make it impossible for Theresa May to meaningfully engage with Trump,” The Sun continued.

Trump has no plans to visit Britain until at least 2019, over worries about massive protests.

“When I know I’m going to get a better reception,” the president said in June, “I’ll come and not before.”

Prime Minister May scolded Trump in September and again in November for irresponsible tweets about Britain.

“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.”

“If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up,” the source says, despite the fact the wedding is not a state occasion.


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