Obamas side with Queen as Prince Harry and Meghan party snub down to ‘family comes first’

Royals expert says the Obamas are 'wary' of Harry and Meghan

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Royal author and commentator Angela Levin said both Michelle and Barack Obama would have been angry at Prince Harry attacking the Royal Family as not only do the couple have huge respect for them but also think family unity is important. As a result, she believes the Obamas choosing to leave Harry and Meghan off Barack’s 60th birthday may be related to the Oprah interview they gave earlier this year. Ms Levin also addressed how Michelle has spoken with Meghan in the past about being married to famous and powerful men and was “shocked” at how the Sussexes were behaving. 

Barack Obama celebrated his 60th birthday last Saturday at Martha’s Vineyard during a scaled-back event due to COVID-19. 

Organisers claim the event had a guest list of 500 people but this was severely reduced, however, staff reportedly told the Daily Mail that 300 to 400 people still attended. 

Among the line-up was George Clooney, journalist Gayle King and Beyonce but the Sussexes were not in attendance. 

Many have speculated as to why the royals did were not in attendance, wondering whether they were snubbed or were unable to attend. 

Ms Levin shared her thoughts on the topic and said: “My own feeling is that they are more wary of the couple and we know that they both love the queen.

“They love the Royal Family and I think that they feel that family comes first, and you can have a big row, you can actually let off a bit of steam but I don’t think you go on and on and on criticising the British Monarchy.

“Criticising a 95-year-old grandmother who is actually the Queen and one of the most respected women all around the world and your father and your brother.

“I think that they’re wary and have stepped back but I don’t think they’ll desert Harry because Obama really likes him.”

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Ms Levin recalled a spoof video the Obamas and the Royal Family filmed for the 2016 Invictus Games where the two groups faked rivalry during the games. 

The Queen was involved in the clip with Prince Harry acting as the leader of the Royal Family. 

Ms Levin also remembered when Michelle and Meghan spoke about life in the public eye and being married to a powerful man. 

She added: “But [Michelle] did say that at the very beginning when she and Meghan had a talk that women have to understand when they married somebody who’s very well known in a very strong position… you have to step back.

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“Perhaps on your career and not try and do everything at once and then, later on, you can come back and get it going up and running again.

“And I think she must be quite shocked at how they are behaving.”

In an interview shortly after the Oprah Winfrey interview, Michelle Obama shared her thoughts on the revelation and was more sceptical of the interview than many may have thought. 

She explained those in public life should “push out” the light onto other people and remember that the Sussexes should remember that they are a family first and foremost.

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