Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were not invited to Barack Obama's 60th birthday party because they were "not in the league of double A-listers", a royal commentator said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly not planning to attend the birthday bash as they are still on their parental leave, according to sources.
But royal expert Dickie Arbiter revealed that the royal couple were never on the former US president's guest list.
9News Today presenters asked if it came as a surprise that Harry and Meghan have not been invited to the birthday bash.
Dickie 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.
"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."
He went on: "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."
Royal expert Daniela Elser argued the Sussexes' "baggage" has ensured they may not be as important as they once hoped.
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She wrote in the New Zealand Herald that Meghan and Harry "might have demonstrated again and again their eagerness to throw themselves into charitable work, but what defines them today is not their hard graft but the tumult and drama they have unleashed on the royal house and his family."
She says that Harry and Meghan "no longer simply bring with them the magic stardust of royalty but more baggage than a Louis Vuitton warehouse".
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