Jonathan Fryer

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Trump or Obama: Who’d You Want at Your Wedding?

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

0A8FA2F3-CA65-4CC7-83E7-0FE2E2E61D8EAccording to some reports (which in these post-Truth days one never knows whether one should believe), unnamed sources in the UK government have told Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, that it would be unwise to invite Barack Obama to his wedding, but rather he should welcome Donald Trump instead, in the interests of a post-Brexit trans-Atlantic relationship. What utter bollocks, if this is true. Surely it is entirely up to the Royal Family and Harry’s bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, who they wish to have at the nuptials. Traditionally there are various obligations to European Royal families, but not to foreign heads of state (short of a family massacre of Nepalese proportions, there is no way Harry will ever be King). Trump is virtually teetotal, which wouldn’t go down particularly well with the Merry Windsors, yet his conversation is sometimes so blue that even the Duke of Edinburgh might blush. Obama (and his wife Michelle), on the other hand, is a people person, as well as being erudite and intelligent. Besides, he knows Prince Harry (not just from the BBC Radio4 interview today). So there we have it. My recommendation is: Obama Yes, Trump No. Moreover, the Obamas would be welcomed by the British public with cheers, the Trumps with jeers.

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