The BBC Officially Declines to Broadcast Princess Eugenie's Upcoming Wedding


Updated 09/17/18

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It’s no secret that the British have an obsession with the monarchy that can be hard for outsiders to comprehend. But not every member of the royal family captures the U.K.’s imagination in the same way that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle do. Princess Eugenie learned that the hard way, after the BBC declined to broadcast her October 12 wedding to Jack Brooksbank, The Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew, was trying but failed to negotiate a deal with the network which aired Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding just six months prior. To add insult to injury, Eugenie’s wedding is being held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, the same venue where Meghan and Harry tied the knot in May.

The Daily Mail reports that the reason for the snub comes down to the fact that there simply isn’t enough public interest in the wedding to guarantee solid ratings. “The BBC was approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works,” a source told the Mail. “But they turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in and that there isn’t enough support for the Yorks.”

Although the BBC has yet to confirm the reason behind the decision, they did comment on the situation, simply stating to Cosmopolitan U.K., "There will be news coverage of the wedding across our services."

While Princess Eugenie’s wedding may not have the same major star power as Meghan and Harry had at their wedding, there will definitely be some boldface names in attendance, including all the highest ranking members of the royal family and the Clooneys. It’s also going to be a massive spectacle: It's reported that Eugenie and Brooksbank have invited 850 guests to their wedding, whereas Meghan and Harry only invited 600 guests, which probably adds to the palace's alleged frustration over the snub. The BBC has just under a month to reconsider its decision.

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