So why WERE the Beckhams and Clooneys invited to the royal wedding?

So why WERE the Beckhams and Clooneys (not to mention Chloe Madeley and James Corden) invited to the royal wedding? From A-listers to plus-ones, how the guests knew Harry and Meghan

Celebrity spotters were not disappointed. At times the wedding resembled a Hollywood party. Here we examine the possible links that led to the stars’ presence:

James Corden

The 39-year-old British actor-cum-US chat show host was last night rumoured to have compered the evening reception. Despite being a famously ‘Marmite’ personality – the public love him or hate him – he has enjoyed boozy nights out with Harry in Mayfair

James Blunt  

Singer Blunt, 44, best known for his hit ‘You’re Beautiful’, is close to Harry through his former career as a captain in the Army, where he saw action in Kosovo. Like the prince he supports charity work for veterans

Carey Mulligan 

The actress, 32, has a lot in common with the happy couple as she has worked for the War Child charity in the Congo and her older brother has served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also married to…Marcus Mumford. Lead singer of pop group Mumford and Sons, the 30-year-old was probably invited due to his support for the One Campaign, which combats AIDS and poverty

Oprah Winfrey 

She is said to have spent six hours with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in preparation for a forthcoming interview

Joss Stone 

The 31-year-old West Country pop singer is an amabassador for the Sentebale charity Harry created to help Aids orphans in Lesotho, and sang at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations six years ago

George Clooney  

Clooney, 57, may have endeared himself to Harry through his charity work, which focuses on human rights in the developing world. Like the prince, the Hollywood star is one half of a transatlantic couple, being married to… Amal Clooney. The 40-year-old British human rights lawyer combines high glamour and designer dresses with work on serious international legal issues. Will have much to talk about with the royal couple, although it is unclear how they met

David Beckham 

Since retiring from football, the 43-year-old has worked for the sort of charities likely to impress a Royal philanthropist – including Unicef and the Elton John Aids Foundation. He was a guest at the wedding with his wife… Victoria Beckham. Posh, 44, is setting up home in a group of converted barns close to the Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire. Meghan has visited the private club, and spent weekends with Harry in a ‘love nest’ nearby

Tom Hardy  

The British actor, 40, found fame despite being a crack addict in his 20s. He and Harry share the same birthday, seven years apart, and may have met when the prince attended the premiere of Dark Knight Rises in London six years ago

Serena WIlliams  

The 36-year-old tennis champion has been friends with Meghan since at least 2014, when the future duchess invited her to take part in the ice bucket challenge (which involves tipping a bucket of ice over yourself) on Facebook

Idris Elba  

British actor Elba, 45, may have first bumped into Harry when they both attended a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey in March 2014

Tom Bradby

The News at Ten presenter, 51, is an ex-ITV royal correspondent who met Harry 15 years ago. By his own account, during that time he was keen to keep secret those matters the prince did not want revealed.

Chloe Madely

The 30-year-old daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan faced criticism for wearing a ‘low cut’ peach dress. She secured her invitation as the ‘plus-one’ of her fiancé…

James Haskell  

England rugby player Haskell, 33, is a patron of the Rugby Football Union and became friends with Harry through the game

…but no Barack Obama 

The ex-president, 56, has come to know Harry well after meeting him in an official capacity. But it is believed he could not be invited as it would have looked like a snub to current president Donald Trump.

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