Harry and Meghan were a ratings flop (compared to these royal weddings)

Alice Sholl
Contributor

Considering that the global population is ever-growing, and that the marriage of American Meghan Markle to Prince Harry was a big deal in the US, it’s easy to assume that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding was the most-watched royal do of all time.

In fact, the Express reports that it was watched by fewer people than those that tuned in for Prince Edward’s marriage to the Countess of Wessex in 1999.

More people tuned in to watch Prince Edward and Sophie’s wedding than Harry and Meghan’s. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry was also beaten by his brother, as several million more chose to watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tie the knot in 2011.

Each of these royal weddings was beaten by one particular occasion, however.

New numbers published by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) are consolidated ratings, and these include people that recorded the big day and watched it within seven days afterwards.

Edward is the Queen’s youngest son, and like Harry, he got married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Photo: Getty

For Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex’s marriage, which also took place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, 14.8 million tuned in.

When Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, a whopping 17.6 million watched.

Meanwhile, only 11.5 million switched their TVs on for Harry and Markle.

Diana’s wedding was the most watched by far and topped Kate and Wills big day by 10 million viewers. Photo: Getty

Topping each of these by at least 10 million, however, was Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s big day in 1981, when 28 million people switched on their TVs.

Bad luck, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. At least you beat the FA cup final, which only 8.7 million people watched later that day.

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