May 16, 2018 / 1:08 PM / 5 months ago

Too busy to watch? Corbyn to miss royal wedding show

LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time critic of the royal family, will be busy attending engagements and conferences during Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a rally, part of the TUC's ‘A New Deal for Working People’ campaign, in central London, Britain, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and sixth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, a star in U.S. TV drama “Suits”, will tie the knot next Saturday at Windsor Castle, home to the British royal family for nearly 1,000 years.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a rally, part of the TUC's ‘A New Deal for Working People’ campaign, in central London, Britain, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Corbyn wished the couple well during a question and answer session in parliament, and praised Harry’s charity work on raising mental health awareness.

But, asked whether the 68-year-old republican would be watching live on television, his spokesman said: “Well, there’s always catch up, isn’t there?” referring to on-demand TV services.

He said Corbyn had various engagements scheduled for the weekend including an economic conference.

A spokesman for the royal couple announced in April that British and international political leaders would not be invited to attend the wedding.

Reporting by William James; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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