A British-Nigerian woman, Pamela Anomneze, has been named among Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding guests as it emerged US president Donald Trump and predecessor Barack Obama have not been invited.
The mother-of-three said she felt “excited and overwhelmed” to be one of the chosen guests who will attend the historic event on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
She said: “I got an email informing me, and I thought it was an April Fool’s prank,” before describing the honour as “truly unbelievable”.
Anomneze said Harry and Meghan are the “world’s most beautiful couple”.
The 52-year-old, who lives in Haringey, London, will take her 15-year-old son, Jude Anomneze-Collins, as her plus one, after he made a heartfelt plea to attend the wedding alongside her.
She said: “He used to watch Suits. When I came home and informed him of the invite he was down on his knees begging to go. He said ‘Oh mum, just to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle!’”
Anomneze added that she may wear a colourful Nigerian outfit, but will leave the decision up to her colleagues at the Studio 306 Collective, a social enterprise which helps people with mental health problems.
Kensington Palace announced in March that 1,200 members of the public would be among the crowds allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share in the atmosphere of the royal wedding.
Barack Obama and wife Michelle, who struck up a warm relationship with the royal family, particularly Harry, will not attend the wedding.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding.
“Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the Royal Household.”
Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn are also believed to be missing from the guest list.