The Swedish Royal Family failed to make the guest list for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this May. In fact, very few foreign royals are expected to attend.
Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, who are good friends with the British prince, are the exception. Prince Seeiso, who founded Sentebale – a charity to help children affected by AIDs and HIV – with Harry, was the first person outside Harry’s immediate family to announce his attendance at St George’s Chapel.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Albert of Monaco were amongst other royal guests at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. The King of Sweden declined the invitation due to prior arrangements but Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the groom’s fourth cousin once removed, and her husband Prince Daniel were in attendance.
The British Royal Family received invitations to the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and husband, Daniel Westling, in 2010. Princes Harry and William were unable to attend due to representing England at the World Cup in South Africa. Other members of the Royal Family were preoccupied with Royal Ascot week, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, to attend and represent the family.
It was expected many European royals would be attending Prince Harry’s wedding and following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent trip to Scandinavia, members of the Swedish Royal Family were predicted to get an invite to the wedding of the year.
Prince Harry will be having a much more low-key wedding than his older brother. Given Harry is unlikely ever to become king, there is less responsibility for him to have a traditional royal wedding. On top of the day not being made a Bank Holiday, there will be no procession through London for Meghan, no balcony kiss, and far fewer attendees.
There might not be many royals in attendance, but there will be many famous faces. Elton John is rumoured to be there along with Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, and the Obamas. It is said that Meghan will likely invite some former co-stars from Suits. The couple has also invited 1,200 members of the public to attend.