How Trump May Torpedo Prince Harrys Obama Wedding Invite

For a man who says his happiest years were those spent in the army it is surprising, that Prince Harry is not someone who apparently responds well to being told to what to do.

The latest example of the young royals defiant streak came over the Christmas break, when Harry, who was guest presenting Britains premier breakfast news and current affairs radio show, which featured an interview he had landed with Barrack Obama, practically announced that he was inviting the Obamas to his wedding to Meghan Markle next year.

For several days previously the papers had been full of leaks from diplomats, imploring Harry not to invite Obama to his wedding. It was reported that the Foreign Office fear that Donald Trumps nose might be put out of joint if his hated rival is invited to attend a royal wedding before he gets to meet the queen (Trumps long-mooted trip to the U.K. having been repeatedly downgraded and delayed).

Rather than achieving their supposed goal of reining Harry in, these off-the-record briefings appear to have had the opposite effect.

Displaying his typical lack of impulse control (and basic media training), which minutes later also prompted him to suggest that his fianc had never had a proper family, Harry chose to answer an opportunistic last-minute question from his co-presenter Sarah Montague.

Asked, in the dying moments of the show, if Obama was on the guest list for the wedding, Harry said: I dont know about that. We havent even put the invites or the guest list together yet. Who knows if hell be invited yet or notI wouldnt want to ruin the surprise.

So, unless the surprise is that, er, hes not on the list, there is no reason to disbelieve the source who told Us Weekly: Harry has already told the Obamas he wants them at the wedding If they dont go, it will be because the Obamas have turned around and said We understand the situation youre in, let us make it easy for you.

Its not impossible to imagine Obama making such a graceful suggestion, but it is difficult to see hardheaded Harry accepting it.

Harry and Obamas bromance has been a remarkably quick-growing affair; they only met for the first time, at the Oval Office, in October 2015. A few hours after meeting the president, Harry was pictured with Michelle Obama watching a basketball game played by wounded warriors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as part of his effort to spread the word about the Invictus Games for wounded vets.

The three apparently connected, and appear to have kept in contact ever since.

It was seven months after their meeting at the White House, in April 2016, that the Obamas traveled to London where they met Harry at Kensington Palace.

And it was here, as the Obamas were entertained by Harry, William, and Kate (a dressing gown-clad Prince George made a cameo appearance in the role of Hugh Hefner) at Williams private apartment, that the finishing touches were put to an unprecedented plan to promote the Invictus Games by releasing on social media a video featuring four of the most famous people on the planet: Obama, his wife Michelle, Harry, and the queen.

The video was presented as if it were two rival sports coaches were squaring off against each other and was the biggest royal spoof since the queen pretended to jump out of a helicopter with James Bond for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

The video message showed Barack and Michelle Obama standing side by side flanked by servicemen.

Hey Prince Harry, says Mrs. Obama. Remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?

President Obama, standing next to her, says: Careful what you wish for! before a serviceman behind him says Boom! as the others pull faces.

After watching the video on Prince Harrys cellphone, the queen, clearly less than intimidated, smiles and says: Oh, really. Please!

Boom! says Prince Harry, giving the mic drop sign.

The goofy clip was weeks in the planning and was the first real insight into the level of friendshipand trustthat existed between Harry and the Obamas.

Harry later said in an interview with the BBC that the video, and getting the queen involved, grew out of a friendly rivalry between himself and Michelle.

She asked whether we were going to bring it and I said, Yes. She ended up dragging the president in on something that was quite personal between the two of us there was no one else I could think of that would be able to top the first lady and the president of the United States.

In his Radio 4 interview with Harry, Obama remarked that Harry knew Michelle quite well, which suggests that the two have communicated beyond their formal, recorded contacts.

The same likely applies to Obama. When they met at the Invictus Games in Toronto this year, Obama was overheard asking in familiar tones Harry how Meghan was doing.

In May 2017, after he had left office, Obama was again received by Harry at Kensington Palace.

An official palace Twitter account said the meeting was to discuss support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations.

Mr. Obama tweeted after: Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack.

Obamas decision to publicly describe Harry as a friend has been taken as further evidence that the two have had private contacts between what has been recorded by the cameras.

In September 2017 Harry and Obama were photographed giggling like schoolboys in the stands of a wheelchair basketball game, at the Invictus Games in Toronto. It was here that the interview broadcast this week was recorded. In some amusing outtakes released earlier in the week, the two are seen kidding around with each other before taping starts.

In October, Harry returned the favor, attending an Obama Foundation event in Chicago where he discussed how young people can drive community engagement.

Taking the helm of the Today program was a clever way for Harry to draw attention to his causes. And roping his pal Obama into the effort was a masterful way to leverage that unique friendship into global coverage. Whether Harry will be able to invite the Obamas to his wedding remains to be seen, but he must surely be frustrated that the petulance of the current president is the roadblock complicating it.

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Despite breaking bread recently at Kensington Palace, the Obamas had their game faces on in a video that First Lady Michelle Obama shared on Twitter Friday. Hey, Prince Harry 'member when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?" Michelle asked.

"Careful what you wish for," President Barack Obama said as members of U.S. military made intimidating faces and pantomimed a mic drop in the background.

But the final mic drop in this friendly rivalry belongs to Prince Harry. Check out his response video featuring the one and only Queen Elizabeth. Boom is right.

He announced in July of last year that the 2016 Invictus Games would take place in Orlando, Florida.After attending the Warrior Games in 2013, Prince Harry got the idea for the Invictus Games, a number of events that wounded and ill active military or veterans can participate in.

According to the event's website, of the 15 nations invited to participate, more than 500 current and former members of the military will compete in 10 sporting events. The games will take place May 8 through 12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. "Boom?" the Queen says to her grandson after watching the video. "Invictus Games" U.S. USA America "United States" UK "United Kingdom" GB British London "Great Britain" England "Help for Heroes" victory Jaguar "land rover" sponsor sponsorship charity help funding wish games marathon media "social media" 2016 2017 orlando florida heroes entertainment viral laugh comedy comedian family "elite nwo agenda"

"Really, please!" she adds in amusement.

Turning to the camera, Harry smiles triumphantly, and says, "Boom!"

The Invictus Games, which were first held in London in September 2014, will take place in Orlando, Florida this year from May 8 to 12.

Prince Harry visited the White House in October, when Mr Obama said the games were a way to make sure people see not only the sacrifices wounded warriors have made, "but also the incredible contributions, strength and courage that they continue to display". During a visit to a Virginia base the same day, Harry issued a friendly challenge to potential US competitors: "You better bring it, USA

The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style[1] multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including Wheelchair basketball, Sitting volleyball and Indoor rowing.[1] Named after Invictus, the Latin for "Unconquered, Undefeated" the event was inspired by the Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States. The first Invictus Games took place in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England. The second edition of the games is planned for 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, USA. The 2017 games will be held in Toronto, Canada.[3] Prince Harry also act as President for Invictus Games London 2014. Sir Keith Mills as Chairman of Invictus Games London 2014. Toronto will host the 2017 Invictus Games in September during Canada's sesquicentennial. Building from hosting the Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2015, Toronto's organizers plan to feature more competitors, nations and sports — such as ice events — than previously.