Meghan Markle 'desperately wanted' to be a guest at Obama’s birthday bash but was not invited
Harry and Meghan were never even on the original list of 475 attendees that was pared down after backlash
Meghan Markle and Barack Obama both celebrated their birthdays on August 4. The Duchess of Sussex turned 40 this year and announced a new initiative, but is also a little miffed. She is reported by a royal expert to be unhappy that she wasn't invited to the former president's party - a star-studded event at his Martha's Vineyard mansion..
As per the latest report in The Sun, author Angela Levin, who wrote 'Harry: Biography of a Prince', explained that the mother-of-two "desperately wanted" to be among those who were invited at the three-day event. She said, "I am told that despite claiming she was unable to attend, Meghan desperately wanted to be the special guest at the Obama’s amazing party."
"I'm sure that if they say we can only deal with one brother and his wife - you cannot have both because they are so far apart now - they will go towards William," said Angela, speaking to the publication. "The Obamas clearly always regarded Harry highly, but I am sure they can see through Meghan. They may stay around, but they won't be as pally as they once were."
Obama's party was quite a controversial affair. It created a stir online as people were upset he even hosted one despite the pandemic. Due to Covid restrictions, the guest list had to be shrunk down from 475.
The expert added, "But the fact is, Harry and Meghan were never even on the original list."
Obama's bash, which was held at his seven-bedroom holiday home in Martha's Vineyard, hosted a royalty of a different kind. The final guest list included Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Gayle King, as well as George and Amal Clooney.
That doesn't reflect well on their previous claims - the Sussexes have claimed to be close to the Obamas. However, it is reportedly thought that Barack and Michelle wanted to take a "step back" from the couple out of respect for the Queen. They had first met the Queen back in 2009 at the G20 summit, and in 2011 she hosted them on a three-day state visit. Michelle described the Queen in 2019 as "wonderfully warm, funny, elegant and kind and considerate in really interesting ways".
Last week, Meghan celebrated her milestone birthday by inviting A-listers including Adele, Joe Biden’s inauguration poet Amanda Gorman, feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Stella McCartney to donate 40 minutes of their time for mentorship. "Because I’m turning 40, I’m asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who is mobilizing back into the workforce,” she explained.
In a post on her Archewell website, she wrote, "In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I’m struck that time is among our most essential gifts, Time with our loved ones, time doing the things we love, time spent learning, laughing, growing, and the sacred time we have on this earth."