BORED OF THE RINGS

Royal nups yawner: poll

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY BRIAN NIEMIETZ

PRINCE HARRY will marry Meghan Markle on Satur­day and nearly three out of four Amer­i­cans couldn’t care less. A YouGov poll pub­lished by Huf­fPost on Wed­nes­day re­vealed that only 28% of U.S. res­i­dents are in­ter­ested in the cou­ple’s (right) heav­ily hyped nup­tials at Eng­land’s Wind­sor Cas­tle this week­end. Ac­cord­ing to Huf­fPost, only 30% of Brits care ei­ther.

The sur­vey, which cites 1,600 adults in the U.K. and 2,000 in the U.S., bears little good news for the bride-to-be in par­tic­u­lar. Asked to name their “favourite” royal, only 2% of Brits picked the Los An­ge­les born “Suits” star. Prince Harry, on the other hand, whom 18% of re­spon­dents pick as their fa­vorite royal, was sec­ond only to Queen El­iz­a­beth in pop­u­lar­ity.

Markle’s fam­ily has taken cen­ter stage in the worst way this week. Her fa­ther, Thomas, was the sub­ject of a re­port­edly staged pa­parazzi photo shoot in which he ap­peared to be get­ting fit­ted for for­mal­wear. He has since com­plained of chest pains that will likely pro­hibit him from cross­ing the Pond on his daugh­ter’s big day.

Markel’s half-sis­ter Sa­man­tha ap­pears to have wors­ened things on Wed­nes­day by do­ing an in­ter­view with TMZ, in­sist­ing, “There’s some­thing in this coun­try called free­dom of speech” that al­lows her to speak in de­fense of her­self and her fa­ther, re­gard­less of the em­barass­ment that may cause her celebrity sib­ling.

But even that may reg­is­ter as more white noise to an in­dif­fer­ent pub­lic. Based on the sur­vey, Huf­fPost con­cludes: “The scale of hys­te­ria in the global me­dia, which is dom­i­nat­ing front pages around the world, is not quite matched in ei­ther coun­try.”

The wedding cer­e­mony, set to be­gin at 7 a.m. East­ern time, will be seen live on ma­jor net­works. Its com­pe­ti­tion at that hour will in­clude fish­ing shows on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel and ESPN2, a re­run of “The Ri­fle­man” fea­tur­ing Martin Lan­dau on AMC and on TBS, a sea­son two re­peat of “Mar­ried . . . With Chil­dren” in which the fam­ily is at odds over hav­ing their dog neutered.

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