Royal Wedding Countdown: Here's Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Aren't Inviting Political Leaders

ET breaks down all the latest updates from the couple ahead of their May 19 nuptials!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be tying the knot at St. George's Chapel this spring, and each and every week, ET will be breaking down all the latest updates as they gear up for their May 19 nuptials.


If you want to honor Meghan and Harry on their big day, don't do it by sending them a present! In lieu of wedding gifts, the lovebirds have asked their expected 600 guests, as well as anyone else who wants to honor them, to make a donation to one of seven charities they selected.

"Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift," Kensington Palace revealed via Twitter on Monday. "The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces."

We also received some updates about the guest list this week. While we originally expected former U.S. president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to be in attendance (due to the close bond they've formed with Prince Harry over the years), they will not be attending the royal wedding after all. A Kensington Palace spokesman told ET in a statement on Tuesday that Prince Harry and Meghan will not be inviting political leaders to their wedding.

"It has been decided that an official list of political leaders -- both U.K. and international -- is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding," the statement read. "Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household."


So, how many days until the royal wedding? Meghan and Harry will officially be saying "I do" in:

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On Wednesday, Prince Harry took a break from wedding planning to launch "Walk of America," where six veterans from both sides of the Atlantic are aiming to walk 1,000 miles for the armed forces charity Support the Walk.

"Raising money for veterans in both nations, the team will start in Los Angeles this summer and walk across America until they reach the finish line in New York, 14 weeks later," Kensington Palace explained via Twitter. "Prince Harry and U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson met with four of the teams as they prepare for the challenge, which Prince Harry said would be 'as rewarding as it is testing.'"

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Harry, a veteran himself, has been instrumental in highlighting the struggles servicemen and women face. 


We've been patiently waiting to hear details about where Meghan and Harry will go on their honeymoon, but according to Us Weekly, they have yet to settle on a destination. A source tells the outlet that they are looking into "somewhere tropical" where they can "relax on a beach."

The outlet also reports that Meghan's mother, Doria Radlan, is taking eight days off of work to fly to London and attend the royal wedding, but will return "to work immediately."

"[She] has a full caseload and often works 14-hour days," a source said of the Los Angeles-based therapist, who spent last week going over wedding details with Meghan.


Sadly, there's only three more episodes left of Suits' seventh season, and the last we'll see of Meghan as an actress. In case you missed this Wednesday's episode, we'll give you a mini breakdown of what happened between Meghan's character, Rachel Zane, and her onscreen fiance, Mike Ross, portrayed by Patrick J. Adams.

Basically, there were two big clues as to how Rachel and Mike could exit the show. In the closing minutes, the two began to discuss where they'd like to hypothetically live one day. Mike said he could see them moving to San Diego, California, where they'd run a clinic and work two hours a day, while Rachel suggested they could venture to Iceland and live there for a year.

That got us thinking: Could one of these destinations be where they end up by the April 25 finale? Read the full recap HERE.

If you haven't been watching the show from the beginning, but still want to see Meghan as an actress, ET's got you covered! We recapped everything you could possibly need to know about Meghan's character HERE -- so you can easily get all caught up and still catch the bride-to-be's final acting job before she officially becomes a royal.


If you've been following along with this column each and every week, then you already know that we love discovering new information about our bride-to-be. This week, thanks to celebrity makeup artist Spencer Barnes, we learned that Meghan used to go to a psychic!

Though we haven't made an appointment with her go-to guy, Richard Win, just yet, we're looking forward to seeing what he believes is in our future. Richard told TMZ this week that Meghan last consulted with him just a few months before she met Prince Harry in 2016.

Richard claims that he predicted Meghan's happiness during his final consultation with her, in which he said, "I see you in London with a lot of British people." He says Meghan responded by saying, "I love London ... I love British people."


Meanwhile, fans believe that Kate Middleton has been sending clues about the arrival of her and Prince William's third child. Speculation began earlier this week when new parking restrictions and barriers were implemented outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, England, the same private wing where Kate gave birth to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. 

Many believe it's a huge sign that Kate and William will be welcoming their third bundle of joy, who is due mid-April, very soon.

For now, that's a wrap on this week's royals update. Let us know on Twitter (@desireemurphy_ and @lizcalvario) what other regal news you'd like us to cover in the future, and be sure to join us next week for another roundup! In the meantime, keep up with all of ET's coverage of the royal wedding as we count down to May 19.


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