April 10, 2018 2:07 pm
Updated: April 11, 2018 12:09 pm

Trudeaus not attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding

WATCH ABOVE: The Trudeaus are not attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family won’t be attending the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed in an email to Global News that Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, will not be at the nuptials.

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“While the Prime Minister and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will not be attending the wedding, we congratulate Prince Harry and Ms. Markle and wish them the best,” the email read.

The royal wedding, slated to take place on May 19, won’t be attended by many politicians. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the guest list for the much-anticipated event consists largely of family and friends.

U.S. President Donald Trump, and even British Prime Minister Theresa May, are not invited to the Windsor Castle wedding.

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That’s markedly different from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, which included officials and dignitaries from around the world.

Then-prime minister Stephen Harper was invited to attend the April 2011 affair, but declined due to a looming federal election.

Speculation swirled that the Trudeaus would snag an invite to the upcoming wedding, due to the Trudeau family’s history with the Royal family, the prime minister’s recent apparent chumminess with the prince, and the bride’s connection to Canada.

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Prince Harry, left, meets with Canadian athletes alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Prince’s visit to Toronto to promote the 2017 Invictus Games.


Trudeau and Prince Harry recently joined forces to promote the Invictus Games, a competition for wounded veterans founded by the prince, which took place in Toronto in September.

It was during the games that Prince Harry and Markle went public with their relationship. Markle, an American actor and activist, lived in Toronto for years while filming the television show, Suits.

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The decision was reached after royal officials consulted with the British government to go over protocol and precedent. Kensington Palace said, “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both U.K. and international — is not required” for the wedding.

The couple has, however, invited more than 2,500 members of the public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to witness their wedding day.

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 — With files from The Associated Press and Global News

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