- REUTERS/Mark Blinch
- Prince Harry is to marry Meghan Markle next spring.
- Markle is a US citizen. However, both Markle and Harry are reportedly privately highly critical of Trump.
- Downing Street declined to say whether the president would be welcome.
- Plans for a state visit to the UK were put on hold indefinitely following huge street protests against it.
LONDON – The UK government has declined to say whether US President Donald Trump should be welcome to attend the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Markle is a US citizen and Trump might expect an invitation to the wedding, expected to take place next spring.
However, Harry is reportedly privately highly critical of the president, with US Weekly reportingearlier this year that he “is not a fan” of Trump
“Harry thinks the president is a serious threat to human rights,” a “close source” told the publication.
Kensington Palace denied the claims about Harry’s views on Trump.
Markle has also been highly critical of Trump, previously describing him as “misogynistic” and threatening to leave the US if he became president.
Trump may not receive an invite for less personal reasons, however. President Obama was among a number of prominent heads of states not to be invited to the wedding of Harry’s brother Prince William, due to concerns about security, as well as the then president’s upcoming state visit.
A spokesperson for Theresa May declined to answer on Monday whether Trump should be given an invite, saying: “This is not a matter for me”.
“I don’t think these are questions for me but I think you’re getting ahead of yourself,” they said at a briefing attended by Business Insider.
A planned state visit to the UK from the president was delayed earlier this year, a senior government source told BI, following huge protests against it.
Both London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Speaker John Bercow have called for the visit to be scrapped.
Plans for a non-state visit next year have been considered by the government. However, no firm plans have yet been made.
In a statement, the prime minister said: “I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement. “This is a time of huge celebration and excitement for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future.”