18 million Brits tuned in to watch Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle yesterday.
Joyous news below…
The couple’s televised wedding saw Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, The Beckhams, Gina Torres and many others fill the seats of England’s Windsor castle and, much to the delight of their fans, draw in 18 million viewers according to official figures!
BBC One, which covered the Windsor wedding between 9am and 2pm, averaged 8.7m viewers over the five hours, hitting a peak audience of 13.1m around 12:30pm during the middle of the ceremony.
On commercial rival ITV, which ran coverage between 9:25am and 3pm, an average of 2.5m viewers watched with a peak of 3.6m watching just after 1pm when the happy couple departed St George’s Chapel.
Elsewhere, Sky News, Sky One and BBC News averaged around half a million viewers and took the total peak audience to just below 18m.
19 million viewers tuned in to watch Harry’s older brother William wed Catherine Middleton in 2011.
Global figures are yet to be published but can be expected to soar well over the 50 million mark thanks to the cultural significance of the union.
For, Harry is the first European royal to wed a partner of African descent in recent history- a fact celebrated by some and scowled at by others.