If you haven’t gotten an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal wedding (cough, still waiting for ours, cough), don’t fret. You can now get a front-row seat to their nuptials without leaving the comfort of your couch. Much to everyone’s satisfaction, a spokesperson revealed yesterday during a press conference at Kensington Palace that the long-awaited wedding will be televised for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Which, let’s be honest, is way more convenient than making a quick trek over the pond to England.
"The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," said the spokesperson. "They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved."
Prince Harry and Markle’s spokesperson went on to say that the wedding, "like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom." It’ll also be a moment of fun and joy for the rest of the world tuning in on TV as well.
There’s no word yet on where the wedding will be aired, but this news shouldn’t come as much of a shock, considering Prince William and Kate Middleton’s gloriously gorgeous 2011 wedding was televised (not to mention that this is the digital age, where basically everything is televised). The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials generated about 23 million viewers in the United States alone, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana helped pioneer this royal wedding trend during their televised 1981 wedding, which garnered 17 million viewers. Whether it’s a source of entertainment or an attempt to live vicariously through the couple, there’s just something about royal weddings that makes everyone want to tune in.
Royal wedding news updates have had a quick turnaround the past few days, with Kensington Palace revealing Harry and Markle’s engagement via Twitter on Monday, November 27, although Harry had actually popped the question earlier in the month. Just a day after the engagement news officially broke, another statement revealed the date and venue of the wedding: May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England. We’re hoping this means more exciting details will start trickling out ASAP, like who will be lucky enough to make her bridesmaid list or design her wedding dress. Based on the killer Line the Label white wrap coat Markle wore during her media debut, we have ultra-high expectations for the American bride-to-be’s future gown.
The couple has kept a low profile from the media throughout their romance, so it’s a huge treat that they want to share their special day with the public. Plus, if Gucci Mane and every remaining couple from the Bachelor series can partake in a televised wedding, you better believe the new royal couple deserves to broadcast their wedding too. We anticipate this being the most viewed TV wedding of the era (sorry, Gucci and Keyshia).