Barack Obama did not invite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to his 60th birthday party because he and his wife "will go towards William" amid the couple's rift with the Royal Family, Harry's biographer has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not on the guestlist for the lavish bash thrown by the former US president at his sprawling £8 million holiday home.
Saturday's marquee event included the likes of John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, George Clooney, Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Meghan's pal Gayle King.
Royal expert Angela Levin claims Barack and wife Michelle, 57, wanted to take a "step back" from Meghan and Harry due to their respect for the Queen, and because the political couple can "see through Meghan".
Angela, who wrote Harry: Biography of a Prince, told the Sun: "I'm sure that if they say we can only deal with one son and his wife – you cannot have both because they are so far apart now – they will go towards William.
"The Obamas clearly always regarded William 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."
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Royal expert Angela also claimed Meghan "desperately wanted" to be among those attending the Obama bash.
She added: "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.
"But the fact is, Harry and Meghan were never even on the original list."
The original party guest list, which was pared back after criticism over the event while Covid cases were rising across the US, has not been made public.
The Obamas have previously talked glowingly about the Queen.
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They first met Her Majesty in 2009 at the G20 summit, and in 2011 the monarch hosted them on a three-day state visit.
Speaking about the Queen during her 2019 book tour, Michelle described her as "wonderfully warm, funny, elegant and kind and considerate in really interesting ways".
When the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April, aged 99, Obama posted a glowing tribute on Twitter, writing: "Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness – all in service of something greater."
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His wife also tweeted: 'Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal family, and the British people."
In 2016, the Obamas attended a dinner with Prince William and Kate Middleton at their home, where they were photographed meeting Prince George, then three.
Barack Obama's 60th birthday party, at their seven-bedroom pad in Martha's Vineyard, in the US state of Massachusetts, was described as the social event of the year.
The Obamas did not attend Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018 despite being good friends with the couple, because all political leaders were excluded.
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