“President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will probably be making a contribution to one of many seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of items,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters stated in a assertion to Us on Friday, May 18.
The bride and groom requested company and anybody else wishing to offer them presents to donate to charities hand-picked by the philanthropic couple. “Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” Kensington Palace introduced on Twitter April 9. “The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.”
Markle and Harry’s chosen charities are Chiva Projects, Crisis, Corporal Scotty, Myna Mahila, Surfers Against Sewage, Street Games and Wilderness UK. The pair additionally invited members of the general public who’ve served their communities to affix them at their wedding ceremony.
A spokesperson for the palace advised Us in a assertion on April 10 that politicians would not attend the royal nuptials. “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both U.K. and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” the assertion learn. “Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.” Barack and Michelle Obama will probably be absent from the visitor checklist, regardless of Harry’s shut bond with the couple. They turned pals by way of the Invictus Games, and the previous president offered his congratulations to the royal after his engagement was introduced.
An unidentified White House official additionally confirmed to CNN that the president, 71, and first girl Melania Trump weren’t invited. The prince and the Suits alum’s wedding ceremony is classed as a non-public occasion, versus an official state event like Prince William and Duchess Kate’s 2011 ceremony, which many political leaders attended.