UK report: Michelle Obama introduced Harry and Meghan, but couldn't be at wedding

 August 15, 2023

A new report in the UK Mirror revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama helped to introduce Harry and Meghan Markle the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but wasn't allowed to attend the wedding because other political figures were not invited.

A source told the Mirror on Sunday that Harry said "there would be no wedding without Michelle Obama" because of her role in introducing them.

Former President Barack Obama and Harry were close friends for years before the couple met, so the matchmaking is not surprising.

Given their friendship and Michelle's role in the match, it's also not surprising that the couple would want her at the wedding.

Wouldn't look right

At issue was the fact that the U.S. President at the time of the wedding in 2018 was Donald Trump, and Harry and Meghan hated him and didn't want to invite him to their wedding.

To avoid having to do so, they finally decided not to invite any national leaders to the wedding, which unfortunately included the Obamas.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said at the time: "It has been decided that an official list of political leaders - both UK and international - is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle's wedding. Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household."

At the time, Harry was still using the title "Prince," which he has since stopped doing. The couple is still known formally as the Sussexes, though.

A friendship forms

Since the wedding, Obama and Markle have had several interactions together and have seemed to become friends, although the former first lady was a bit taken aback by Markle's apparent disdain for Queen Elizabeth II when she was alive.

Obama appealed to the situation Markle found herself in as similar to when she became first lady and was thrust into the spotlight.

In a word of advice during an interview, Obama said, "Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt she'd have a life like this; no-deal, the pressure you feel can sometimes feel like a lot. What I'd say is that there's so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that and I think Meghan can maximize her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she's doing something that resonates with her personally."

Another thing the two women have in common is that they've both received strong criticism for their views at times, and have been perceived somewhat negatively by the public.

The wedding is in the rearview mirror now, but both women seem to be settling into more private lives and staying away from the media in most cases.

"Public service, it's a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don't understand it nor should they," Obama told Jenna Bush Hagar at one point, and that seems to be proving itself true in the case of both herself and Markle.

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