Royal wed­ding fans gear­ing up to party

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - NEW YORK (AP):

IN PA­JA­MAS and old wed­ding gowns, with high tea or a bit of the early morn­ing bub­bly, royal watch­ers in the United States and around the globe are fas­ci­na­tor-ready to watch the nup­tials of Prince Harry and his un­prece­dented fi­ancée, Meghan Markle.

He’s the spare to the heir, soon to be booted to sixth in line for the throne, but Harry is for­ever the peo­ple’s prince to many in­side and out­side the Com­mon­wealth who once won­dered whether the bad boy of Wind­sor would ever tie the knot.


She, of TV Suits fame, has whipped up some big fan buzz, in­clud­ing those thrilled by her mixed-race her­itage.

Their “woke” wed­ding (the Spice Girls are ex­pected) is May 19 at mid­day, Wind­sor Cas­tle time, or about 7 a.m. in the East­ern US, view­ing party plans are in the works, as are pricey ho­tel pack­ages and bar meet-ups. The fren­zied have their own Face­book groups and some have ca­joled less-en­thused spouses to jet across the pond to watch the pomp in per­son from a spot on the car­riage route.

Julie Brill­hart, a hard­core royal en­thu­si­ast in Hur­ri­cane, West Vir­ginia ( pop­u­la­tion, 7,000, maybe), said that she fired up her Harry and Meghan Face­book group to con­nect fans with par­ties back in Novem­ber, “the minute I woke up in the morn­ing and found out Meghan and Harry were en­gaged.” The group now has nearly 5,000 mem­bers.

“We are in love with Meghan Markle,” said Brill­hart, a for­mer ca­reer lo­gis­tics spe­cial­ist in the Army. “For every lit­tle black girl who has ever wanted her very own princess who is a well­known, mod­ern princess, they now have one. I s n’t that won­der­ful? She will al­ways be our Amer­i­can princess.”


The group’s mem­bers share wed­ding up­dates and plans for gather­ings, and they live in 91 coun­tries on six of the seven con­ti­nents.

“We’re ac­tively l ook­ing for con­tacts in Antarc­tica,” Brill­hart said. “They had their own Women’s March so we thought wouldn’t it be great for them to have their own lit­tle get-to­gether for the wed­ding. They need some­thing to break the monotony.”

State­side, a re­cent AP-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search poll shows 19 per cent of Amer­i­cans are very or ex­tremely likely to watch the mar­i­tal hoopla. An­other 20 per cent said they’re some­what likely to tune in, and an­other 61 per cent said they were not very likely or not at all likely to watch.

In this Novem­ber 27, 2017 file photo, Bri­tain’s Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle pose for the me­dia at Kens­ing­ton Palace in Lon­don.

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