U.s. tv goes to toWn over royal mar­riage

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Pride, celebrity, es­capism and a fas­ci­na­tion with all things British are driv­ing US TV net­works to go to town on the wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with week-long spe­cials, live stream­ing, and ro­man­tic movies.

Doc­u­men­taries about Markle’s bira­cial Cal­i­for­nia roots, re­runs of Princess Diana’s 1981 wed­ding to Prince Charles, and fea­tures on British pageantry and fash­ion are just some of the pro­gram­ming in store in the week lead­ing up to the 19 May nup­tials.

De­spite the US War of In­de­pen­dence some 240 years ago, Amer­i­cans have long been ob­sessed with British roy­als, who reg­u­larly fea­ture on the front pages of celebrity mag­a­zines.

Harry’s choice of Markle, an Amer­i­can for­mer ac­tress and cam­paigner for gen­der equal­ity, makes the wed­ding even more spe­cial.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud to say: ‘Harry, you are a smart man,’” said TV an­chor Mered­ith Vieira, who will co-host a five-part nightly se­ries of royal pro­gram­ming on PBS with the BBC.

“Harry is just an adorable prince. Ev­ery­body here seems to love him,” Vieira said. He and Markle “ex­ude youth, pos­i­tiv­ity, op­ti­mism and they care about other peo­ple.

They are a very at­trac­tive cou­ple any­way that you cut it.” Mul­ti­ple US net­works, each with “ex­perts” rang­ing from for­mer royal but­lers to royal bi­og­ra­phers, will stream the wed­ding in England live from 4 a.m. on the US East coast.

Those seek­ing a less awestruck take on the tiaras, car­riages and roy­als, can turn to the satir­i­cal show

on HBO, where Will Fer­rell and Molly Shan­non play mock TV an­chors.

Mean­while, sol­diers in­volved in the royal mar­riage are no strangers to pomp and pageantry, but for Cor­po­ral Ma­jor Daniel Snox­ell, it’s the wed­ding of an old col­league rather than a royal.

The House­hold Cav­alry have a cer­e­mo­nial role to play in most ma­jor royal events, from the open­ing of par­lia­ment to “troop­ing the colour,” a large pa­rade to mark the Queen’s of­fi­cial birth­day.

But Harry’s wed­ding this month will have ex­tra mean­ing for mem­bers of the reg­i­ment who served with him dur­ing his 10-year army ca­reer, where he rose to be “Cap­tain Wales” af­ter his fa­ther, Charles, Prince of Wales.

Prepa­ra­tions for the royal wed­ding un­der­way.

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