Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Was More Popular In America

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer had the most popular royal wedding of all time.

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Guess which royal wedding had the most television viewers. Ben Stansall, Leon Neal/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding might have seemed like the event of the century, but they didn’t even have the most popular royal wedding on television. That honor went to Prince Charles when he married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and 750 million people watched worldwide.

When Prince Harry married the former Suits star Markle on May 19, Americans tuned in to see one of their own become royalty; the Brits, however, passed on the opportunity. They were far bigger fans of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials. According to Time, around 18 million people in the UK watched Prince Harry’s wedding, while for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, there were 25 million viewers.

In America, 29 million people tuned in for Prince Harry’s wedding. Only 23 million people in the U.S. viewed Prince William’s wedding.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony. Mike Simmons/Getty Images

Even Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Edward’s 1999 wedding attracted viewers, coming in hot at 14.8 million when he wed the current Duchess of Wessex at Westminster Abbey. That number included people who recorded the wedding and watched it within the week. Now, it’s highly unlikely someone would videotape a wedding, royal or not, especially when Hulu has it readily available for viewing forever.

If you’re wondering how England’s 18 million stacks up in America, it’s nothing compared to the Super Bowl. In February, the sports event of the year drew 103.4 million viewers. Shows like The Big Bang Theory average about 11.5 million viewers every week, proving that the royal wedding is no Young Sheldon.

Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding most likely won’t be televised, but we hope it will, just to see how it compares to Big Bang. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Was More Popular In America