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The Chosen Eight Hundred: How Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's Guest List Will Be Composed

Many lesser European royals, many politicians and business people, assorted world leaders, and childhood and university friends of the British royals will simply be scrutinized for the closeness and vitality of their connections to the couple, and to the Crown. Among what we might call Harry's own rock-solids, we expect Mark Dyer, Prince Charles' former equerry and the former Welsh Guards officer who has helped guide Harry through the shoals of his roaring twenties; a few of the Prince's Invictus and African-charity stalwarts; a smattering of Sandhurst and/or military friends; and Justin and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, who recently hosted the Invictus Games, to make the grade. One driving idea among the courtiers managing the intramural back-and-forth between the palaces, by which the lower peerage and various accomplished commoners will attain the list, will be one of charity and charitable merit, in other words, the notion that one proves that one can give something to one's country and to the world. Not that either of these women will, or won't, be invited, but this part of the list will skew more toward figures like Olympic heptathlon champion and cancer activist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and less toward heavily-commercialized figures such as Victoria Beckham.  It's not lost on the Windsors that the world will be watching come May, so the Prince and his fiancee will use a portion of their list to highlight the charities close to them. Aside from the approved-by-Meghan parts of the Markle family, and a sprinkling of younger-Hollywood TV people, who will, amusingly enough, also have to suffer the scrutiny of the hard-nosed courtiers charged with the list, the number of invitees from the United States promises to be rather a skinny one.  Boiled down to its most concise Hamlet-dilemma form, and with apologies for mangling a former president's family name into a verb, the question about the composition of the American side of the guest list goes like this: The Bro-mance Blooms:  Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Prince Harry chat while watching the Wheelchair Basketball pool match between France and the United States during the Invictus Games 2017 last September. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation) Meaning, will the Obamas be invited. Both Harry and Meghan are reported to be "leading the charge" on many aspects of the planning. The wedding,  and consequently the guest list, will bear their mark. And, it's a fact that this prospective Windsor groom and the former U.S.

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