Royal Wedding: Television Focuses Its Lens On Meghan and Harry
By Kellie Freeze
On Saturday, May 19, the eyes of the world will be on Windsor Castle for the wedding between Britain’s Prince Harry, 33, and American actress Meghan Markle, 36. The castle’s St. George’s Chapel has been home to numerous royal events including Harry’s 1984 baptism. “It is a very special place for Prince Harry,” says a statement released by Harry’s communications secretary, explaining why the couple has decided to marry in the more intimate 800-seat chapel over larger venues like St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. The statement also shares that the wedding “will be a moment of fun and joy” that reflects the personalities of the bride and groom.
Harry and Meghan have invited 2,640 members of the public onto the castle grounds to hare in their wedding day and get a close look at the couple as they enter and exit St. George’s. Twelve hundred of the lucky folks will be members of the public who “have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities,” says a Kensington Palace spokesperson. The invitees also include 530 members of staff from the Royal Household and Crown Estate, 610 people from the local community, 200 people from charities supported by Harry and Meghan, and 100 local schoolchildren. In addition, thousands of adoring well-wishers are expected to line the parade route between the chapel and the castle.
TV Celebrates The Royal Nuptials
Sunday, May 13
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Lifetime
Lifetime takes viewers inside the lives and love of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with an original film that reveals the challenges that each has faced and the events that ultimately brought them together. Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser star.
Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18
Royal Wedding Watch, PBS
Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker host this five-night special that offers wedding details from experts, commentators and special guests. BBC presenter Anita Rani will report live from Windsor Castle while English historian Lucy Worsley offers insight into royal pomp and protocol.
\Wednesday, May 16
Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan, NBC
Today co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb host this one-hour special that presents an unprecedented glimpse into the couple’s lives through interviews with close friends of the couple who will share stories of how Meghan and Harry met and fell in love.
Saturday, May 19
The Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Check Local Listings
Stations around the world will present coverage of the wedding from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The wedding takes place at noon London time, 7am Eastern time. Each station will add its own commentary to a pool of cameras providing live footage of the event. Coverage will also show the procession to the castle for the reception and the happy couple’s traditional first public kiss as husband and wife.
Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, CBS
This two-hour primetime special will take a look back at the day’s events and present highlights of the wedding.
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