British royal Prince Harry and his American-born fiancé reportedly want former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama to attend his high-profile wedding next year, further straining relations between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump.
According to Fox News, the soon-to-be married couple plan on extending the invitation to the Obamas well ahead of their spring wedding; causing a major headache for May who has so-far refused to offer President Trump a formal state visit and meeting with the Queen.
“There are deep fears among senior Foreign Office and [No. 10] officials that another perceived national snub will make it impossible for Theresa May to meaningfully engage with Trump,” reports the Sun. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness.”
President Obama and Prince Harry developed a personal relationship while working on the Invictus Games, a multinational sporting event featuring injured veterans from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other nations.
Harry’s future bride, Meghan Markle, was an outspoken critic of President Trump during the 2016 campaign, calling him a “misogynist” and “divisive.” Ultimately, the decision will be up to the UK government.
“Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up,” adds the Sun.
BOMBSHELL: Obama Admin Spied on Trump Campaign Chairman During Election
Former chairman of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort was wiretapped by federal investigators before, during, and after the 2016 general election; fueling speculation that private conversations between President Trump and senior aides was intercepted by Obama officials prior to his inauguration.
According to Fox News, the wiretapping was authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 2014 as part of an ongoing FBI investigation over Manafort’s financial ties to Russia and Ukrainian officials.
The initial order expired in 2016 but was extended to early 2017.
Paul Manafort is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian officials meddled in the US presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign.
His home in northern Virginia was raided by FBI officials in July.
The revelation that the federal government wiretapped senior Trump aides vindicates comments made by the President earlier this year, claiming that Obama officials had been listening to his private conversations.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” tweeted the President in March.