Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were absent from Barack Obama's 60th Birthday Party. This came as a surprise to all since the couple has an excellent relationship with the Obamas.
Former US President Barack Obama turned 60, August 4th, 2021, on the same day Meghan Markle turned 40. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not show up for the 60th elaborate birthday party.
Their absence from the celebration has raised several speculations. The initial guest list of 500 was reduced due to the new COVID-19 variant. Reports have shown that about 300 to 400 people attended the event.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
WHAT ROYAL OBSERVERS THINK OF THEIR ABSENCE
Royal observer Camilla Tominey believed that the Sussexes should have been at the show's center at the party since they had a good relationship with the family. The Sussexes are also new-found members of the US metropolitan Liberal elite.
Tominey claimed a source revealed that the good relationship the Obamas and the Sussexes once had might have gone down the drain. She attributed it to Harry and Markle's attack on the royal family and their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
According to Tominey, a source reported that the Obamas did not like Harry and Markle's behavior toward the royal family during the interview. She noted that they valued family and do not appreciate what the couple said to the press.
ANGELA LEVIN'S OPINION
Reports from the royal expert showed that the Duchess of Sussex, who shares the same birth month and date with Barack, was disappointed she didn't get invited to the exorbitant birthday celebration.
Levin's statement showed that although Markle claimed she could not attend, the new California resident really wanted to be at the lavish bash. Levin further revealed:
"Meghan desperately wanted to be the special guest at the Obama’s amazing party. But the fact is, Harry and Meghan were never even on the original list."
MORE OPINIONS ON THEIR ABSENCE
As the speculations continue, royal editor Duncan Larcombe praised the Obamas for being more to Sussexes "than A-list friends." He said they were the standard of the world the royal couple had risked everything to be a part of.
An insider's report showed that Barack danced all night.
Another royal expert Phil Dampier opined that the reason for the Sussexes' absence was that the former president and his family wanted to appear neutral after the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Larcombe echoed Dampier's point when he added that inviting the couple to the party would have meant Barack was already taking sides. Harry and Markle's bond with the Obamas first started after Harry's successful Invictus Games tour.
The former president was also seen in a video with Harry and the Queen to promote the 2016 event. Markle and former US first lady Michelle also had a pretty close bond.
Markle was present at Michelle's talk at London's Southbank Centre in December 2018. Markle made her presence at the event quite significant, and the two women reportedly had a meeting backstage.
THE LAVISH BIRTHDAY BASH
Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the former US president had a fantastic outdoor birthday party of over 300 guests. The event was packed with lots of merriment. An insider's report showed that Barack danced all night.
The celebrant was dressed in a light grey, floral button-down shirt, white pants, and a black beaded necklace. His wife Michelle looked gorgeous in her green halterneck dress, which she brightened up with her gold jewelry.
The super event planned several months ago according to the COVID-19 laws featured important figures including Gayle King, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Steven Spielberg. Black masks were also available for guests at the event.
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