The British government is urging Prince Harry not to invite the Obama family to his wedding for fear of infuriating Donald Trump, the British newspaper the Sun reports.
Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle have told aides they want the former president and his wife at their wedding on May 19.
The 33-year-old Harry has become good friends with the Obamas since bonding with them during the Invictus Games. But Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House have sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.
President Trump does not hide his loathing of Obama and is expected to be enraged if his predecessor gets the coveted invite when he won’t.
The royal couple’s dislike of Trump is well known, as Markle made disparaging comments about him on social media during his election campaign last year.
There are deep fears among senior Foreign Office and No10 officials that another perceived national snub will make it impossible for British Prime Minister Theresa May to meaningfully engage with Donald Trump.
A senior government source said: “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness.
“Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen. “Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”