TV au­di­ence could be this year’s big­gest

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THE royal wed­ding is ex­pected to be the most-watched TV event of the year – so long as Eng­land don’t make it to the World Cup fi­nal.

Mil­lions are ex­pected to fol­low Harry and Meghan’s cer­e­mony live on BBC1 and ITV.

With the wed­ding also be­ing broad­cast on Sky One, Sky News and the BBC News chan­nel, the com­bined au­di­ence could ri­val the 14mil­lion that made Blue Planet II the big­gest pro­gramme of last year.

But the main ri­val for most­watched pro­gramme this year could come dur­ing the World Cup, which be­gins next month in Rus­sia. At the 2014 World Cup, 14.7mil­lion watched Eng­land lose to Italy in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion. The fi­nal be­tween Ger­many and Ar­gentina was watched by 15mil­lion.

Harry will strug­gle to beat the num­bers that watched his brother marry Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, how­ever.

An au­di­ence of 26mil­lion tuned in across ten UK channels for Wil­liam’s wed­ding, ac­cord­ing to rat­ings com­pany Barb.

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