Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's absence from Barack Obama's 60th birthday party could be due to the former president and his wife's loyalty to the Queen, it has been claimed.
The Obamas may have also been concerned about damaging their brand by inviting the Sussexes to the celebrations at his £12 million Massachusetts mansion on Saturday night, the Mirror reported.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey wrote in the Telegraph that the Obamas hadn’t liked Harry attacking his family.
She said: "It arguably will not have gone down well with a couple who have always put 'family first' to see Harry and Meghan being so openly critical of their royal relatives during their Oprah interview in March."
An insider told her: "The Obamas didn’t like Harry attacking his family. They value family and certainly aren’t the type of people who would want their children talking to the press."
Meanwhile the Sussexes have been accused of aiming at a “self-serving” and “woke” initiative around getting women back into the workplace after Covid – potentially causing reputational worries for the Obamas if they remained close to the couple.
The Obamas’ loyalty to the Queen is another issue believed to pose an issue for the Obamas’ continued friendship with the Sussexes.
When the couple visited Britain in 2011, they got on well with the monarch and her family, and seemed relaxed in the company of the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh.
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They have also met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on multiple occasions.
Describing how much she liked the Queen during her 2019 book tour, Michelle Obama said: “She’s wonderfully warm. And funny.
“And she’s elegant and kind and considerate in really interesting ways. That kind of warmth and graciousness, and intelligence and wit.”
Another clue to the Obamas’ feelings was given by Michelle when she was asked to respond to the Sussexes’ Oprah interview.
“I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time because there’s nothing more important than family,” she said.
Meghan has recently given birth to her second child but did manage to record a video with actress Melissa McCarthy last week, to mark her 40th birthday.
She attended a talk by Michelle at the London's Southbank Centre in 2018 and maintained good relations with the former first lady.
Meanwhile Harry has a longstanding friendship with the Obamas after they bonded over the Prince’s Invictus Games initiative.
A representative for the Sussexes has been contacted for comment.
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