British royal weddings are usually grand affairs of state, where presidents and prime ministers rub shoulders with obscure European monarchs. Not so, the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle because it won’t feature President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama or British Prime Minister Theresa May. According to Daily Mail, it will include Markle’s fellow cast members from the USA Network series “Suits.”

Why is this so?

The former President of the United States, Barack, and Michelle Obama did not make Meghan Markle's list because of their past positions in the White House.

Daily Mail revealed that no political leader from the United States or the United Kingdom are invited to the impending nuptials that is taking place on May 19 at the .St. George’s Chapel.

The decision was made based on the church’s size and the fact Prince Harry is only fifth in line to the throne. And also the fact that, the wedding is being treated as a family wedding rather than a state occasion.

While Harry and Meghan have become close to the couple, their guest list is being reserved for long-standing friends they have known for years¸ because the wedding is classified as a private event. Even though Barack and Michelle have plans to visit with the couple in the near future. “Both the couple look forward to seeing each other soon,” adds People Magazine.

Prince Harry and the Obama's share an interest through mutual work

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama have become close as a result of their mutual work on behalf of veterans. Barack Obama has also supported Harry’s Invictus Games, an event for injured service men and women Toronto that was started by the UK royal in 2014.

By contrast, the invitation list for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, included political dignitaries such as the foreign royals, ambassadors, commonwealth governors, and many politicians from around the world.

More information on the royal wedding

According to Kensington Palace, 1,200 members of the public will be among the crowds allowed into the grounds to share in the atmosphere of the May 19 wedding at St. George’s Chapel. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have said they wanted their wedding day to be shaped to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will, therefore, take place before 600 guests who have been invited because they are family and friends.