The telling sign that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t A-list celebrities yet

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The telling sign Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't A-list celebrities yet has been revealed.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not yet considered A-list celebrities across the pond because they "weren't invited" to Barack Obama's 60th birthday, according to a royal expert.

The former US president turned 60 on 4th August but their absence from his milestone celebration appears to be a telling sign that the Sussexes aren't as famous as they'd perhaps like to be when it comes to starting a new life for themselves living in LA (opens in new tab).

The pair, who stepped back (opens in new tab) as senior working members of the royal family last year, have since built themselves a brand using Archewell Productions.

But despite previously rubbing shoulders with Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Barack Obama himself, they appear to have been left of the VIP guest list for his birthday celebrations.

The claims have been made by Dickie Arbiter, who says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were "never on the guest list" for the bash which took place on Saturday in the backyard of the couple's Martha's Vineyard mansion.

The party is believed to have been attended by the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

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Speaking to 9News Today, he said, "No it's not a surprise at all. The British media were speculating, left, right, and centre, that Harry and Meghan would be invited.

"I don't think they were ever on the list. You've got to remember that the Obamas invited not just A-listers, [but] double A-listers because what they've said is they don't want any presents."

Barack Obama and Prince Harry

Barack Obama, who once revealed three questions you should ask before getting married (opens in new tab), tied the knot with his wife Michelle Obama back in 1992. And the couple seeks to achieve great things with help from their friends.

Mr Arbiter continued, "What they want is the guests to get their hands out of the pockets so he can help young men and young boys get on the work ladder, particularly young people of colour, also help people around the world living in the deprived state."

"So who you are talking about? You are talking about Oprah Winfrey, the Clooneys, and Rihanna... and Harry and Meghan aren't just in that league. So you are talking about double A-listers and I don't think Harry and Meghan were ever on that list."

The Sussexes, who have son Archie, two, are said to be on parental leave following the birth of daughter Lilibet Diana (opens in new tab), aged two months.

The office for the Obama's confirmed last week that they scaled back the guest list due to growing concerns about the rapid spread of Covid-19.

Prince Harry and Rihanna

Prince Harry became friendly with Rihanna at the Man Aware event held by the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission back in 2016 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Of course, Harry and Meghan have also worked with Oprah Winfrey, recording their bombshell interview and also Prince Harry's mental health documentary The Me You Can't See (opens in new tab).

Meghan was also given a special birthday shoutout by Beyonce Knowles, as she marked her 40th last week.

The music legend shared a touching childhood photo of Meghan on her website, to honour her milestone day.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry is set to release a tell-all memoir (opens in new tab) to put his life further into the public eye after signing a deal with Penguin Random House, with the book expected to be published in 2022.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.