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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Royal wedding: Theresa May and Donald Trump will not attend

A 12-year-old girl traumatised by Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 is among the invited public guests

Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle at Cardiff Castle. Ben Birchall / Pool / File Photo / Reuters
Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle at Cardiff Castle. Ben Birchall / Pool / File Photo / Reuters

There will be no official UK or overseas guests for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor, and that includes US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the Obamas.

"It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle's wedding," Kensington Palace said.

“Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.”

The guest list is limited to those who have a direct relationship with the bride or groom, including foreign friends. That's reportedly because St George’s Chapel is relatively small, and because the prince is not in the direct line of succession.

About 2,650 people are to be invited on the day into the grounds of Windsor Castle. Some 600 of those will be invited to the ceremony, and 200 will attend an evening celebration.

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has reportedly agreed to marry the royal couple. Meghan Markle was baptised recently as a mark of respect to the Queen who is Head of the Church of England.

The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle will be smaller than Prince William and Kate’s, in which political leaders were invited to Westminster Abbey. Former prime minister David Cameron was invited to the 2011 wedding of Prince William, who is second in line to the throne after their father Prince Charles.

Prince Harry will be sixth in line at the time of his marriage, after William's wife Kate gives birth as expected this month.

In March, Kensington Palace said 1,200 members of the public would be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share in the atmosphere and view the arrival and departure of the bride and groom by carriage.

A 12-year-old girl who was traumatised during the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 is among the invited guests. She plans to bring the grandmother of a teen who died in the terror attack. Other guests include a mother who uses the arts to help people with mental health issues.

Youth workers and military veterans have also been invited, including Philip Gillespie. Mr Gillespie is a veteran who lost his right leg in an explosion in Afghanistan and participated in the Invictus Games for wounded service personnel, which Prince Harry founded.