United Kingdom (U.K.) government officials are pleading with Prince Harry not to invite former President Barack Obama to his wedding, according to The Sun.
The Sun on Monday reported that officials worry Harry hosting Obama at the ceremony may aggravate President Trump.
Harry and actress Meghan Markle, his fiancée, have told aides that they would like Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama in attendance for their nuptials.
Trump has had an often chilly relationship with Barack Obama, however, and the president would likely feel snubbed if his predecessor was invited to the May 19 event and he was not.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a senior U.K. government source said.
“Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen,” they added, referencing British Queen Elizabeth II.
“Conversations are ongoing about [it] and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the [Prime Minister] lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”
The Sun reported that there are deep fears among senior U.K. Foreign Office and government officials about Trump perceiving an invite to the Obamas a national insult against him.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump have had an often strained relationship since the latter entered office last year.
Harry has become close friends with the Obamas after they bonded at the Invictus Games in Toronto earlier this year.
Markle last year criticized Trump as “divisive” and “misogynistic” during his 2016 presidential election campaign.
“You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary because she’s woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world he’s painting,” she said on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” referencing 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.