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Trump May Not Be Invited To The Royal Wedding: A Look At All Controversial Guestlists

The UninvitedET Bureau
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The Uninvited
US President Donald Trump may not be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. An invitation or the lack of it could set off a diplomatic crisis. Here are a few other times when guest invites got tricky.

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The original controversial guestlist for William and Kate’s weddingGetty Images
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The original controversial guestlist for William and Kate’s wedding
Queen Elizabeth’s royal household has dealt with controversial wedding guest lists often. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 faced its own share of heat. Two former UK Prime Ministers, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, remained uninvited, even as monarchs and representatives from nations, not exactly known for their sparkling human rights records, were invited. In the end, the criticism got so intense, that some invitations had to be cancelled at the last minute. Case in point: Sami Khiyami, the Syrian ambassador in the UK at the time.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde disinvitedBCCL
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde disinvited
Her position as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss means that she is a constant on global power lists. It would be natural to assume that a woman of her level of accomplishment would be an obvious choice to speak at the commencement ceremony of a girl’s college. But as they say, never assume. In 2014, Lagarde was invited to speak at Smith College in the US. A week before she was set to speak at the college, she withdrew from the event, citing the campus protests against the organisation she represented. Protesters claimed that IMF’s policies for providing economic aid to poorer nations are deeply flawed, designed to indirectly strengthen the Western world.
Vijay Mallya’s curious case of non-invitationBCCL
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Vijay Mallya’s curious case of non-invitation
The jury is still out on whether former liquor baron Vijay Mallya was invited to the charity ball hosted by cricketer Virat Kohli in London last year or not. Here’s what happened that fateful evening: Mallya showed up at the event, apparently uninvited. At the time, sources claimed that neither Kohli nor the foundation invited Mallya. It was assumed that he showed up as a guest with one of the donors.
JNU’s history of controversial guestsBCCL
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JNU’s history of controversial guests
JNU and its student politics are a fertile breeding ground for controversy. Last year, tensions flared on two separate occasions. First, when JNU students Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid were invited to speak at a seminar. ABVP protested that the two had been convicted previously for shouting anti-India slogans. Another time, there were reports that Bastar top cop SRP Kalluri may be present at Independence Day celebrations on campus. The Left denounced this news, saying that the cop had violated human rights.
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