People have been speculating for a while about who will be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on Saturday, May 19, 2018. A spokesman for Kensington Palace indicates that political leaders are not required to be invited to the wedding. Therefore, Harry and Meghan have decided that they want only family members and close friends to attend their nuptials. A report by The Sun provided most of the information used in this article.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will not be invited. The couple considered inviting former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama because they do have a close relationship.

Because people will see it as political, the Obamas will not attend the ceremony, but they will meet with the couple either before the wedding or soon afterward.

Guest list

The invitations were printed on March 22. Because St. George's Chapel is rather small, the wedding list will include 600 guests for the ceremony. That is a big contrast to the 1,900 guests who attended Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011. Prince William was required to invite political leaders and dignitaries because his wedding was a semi-state occasion since Prince William is a future king and Prince Harry is not. Harry is fifth in line to the throne for a few more days. After William and Kate's third child is born sometimes this month, Harry's position will move to sixth in line to the throne of England.

Even though a palace spokesperson has said who will not be invited, there is still speculation about who will be invited. More and more information will be revealed closer to the wedding day, which is not that far away.

No wedding gifts

The news about the wedding guest list comes just a day after Kensington Palace announced that the couple has decided they didn't want personal wedding gifts.

Instead, they are encouraging wedding guests and well-wishers to donate to seven charities they are passionate about. All of the charities are small and will certainly appreciate the funds that will help them fulfill their missions.

The couple has earmarked the charities that deal with issues they care about, such as conservation, the environment, homelessness, women's empowerment, sports for social change, HIV, and the Armed Forces. Harry was in the service and still has a lot of friends there. More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will be part of the wedding ceremony.

People have learned that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be different from other royal weddings. Queen Elizabeth has given them permission to plan their wedding according to their own personal taste.