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Royal wedding guess list: Who gets a nod from Harry, Meghan?

AP  |  London 

Forget the Winter Olympics, the or the The real competition right now is who's going to be invited to and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ticket.

British Anthony Joshua, who is seeking to add two more world championships to the three he already owns, says he would be happy to interrupt his high-level training for a trip to Castle on May 19. The ebullient Joshua has not been shy, tweeting a picture of himself and with the question "Need a best man?"

"I'm single," the 28-year-old told the BBC, expressing an interest in seeing if the elegant, raven-haired Markle's "got any sisters."

(For the record Anthony, she has a half sister, 53-year- old Samantha Grant, a divorced mother of three who has called Markle "a ")

The actual guest list is a closely guarded secret and details about it may not be released until the event is underway. But that hasn't stopped speculation about who's in or who's out from becoming a national parlor game, and subject of wagers in Britain's legal betting shops.

Any bride and groom run into parental interference in their guest list, whether it's adding random cousins or forgotten neighbors. Yet and Markle are enduring this phenomenon at a cosmic level due to the royal expectations that come along with being a grandson of

At least Harry and Markle won't face the 3,500 guests that his parents, and Lady Diana Spencer, welcomed to their 1981 "wedding of the century" in St. Paul's Cathedral in They also avoided the warehouse-sized Westminster Abbey, where Harry's brother and packed in 1,900 guests for a 2011 royal wedding extravaganza televised around the world.

Their wedding venue, St. at Castle, holds a mere 800 guests. Even so, it's going to be tough to cut that list.

The British royals' close relatives alone number over 50 and this time gets to bring a plus-one, fiance Harry also won't forget non-royals like Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, her husband James Mathews, and brother

At William's wedding, 45 foreign royals from 20 countries were invited from nations as diverse as Spain, Norway, Malaysia, and also invited generals from Commonwealth countries (23 seats); foreign dignitaries (27); U.K. politicians (42); religious figures (31); senior military officers (14) and 80 workers from charities that he backs. Oh and don't forget the from countries with ties to Britain.

barely could squeeze in A-listers like David Beckham and TV adventure host who may return for Harry's nuptials.

Britain's governing elite Theresa May, and Chancellor of the Exchequer would normally expect a invite.

But with turmoil over Brexit roiling the ruling Conservative Party, perhaps the bride and groom should just wait until a week before the wedding, then invite whoever is still left standing.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 16:05 IST