On May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle, an American actress and divorcee, will marry Prince Harry, the youngest son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Markle's relative lack of blue-blooded "pedigree" and her status as an American, coupled with a longtime media focus on Prince Harry, has made the event one people around the globe anxiously anticipate.
Aside from the more general interest in the figures involved in the royal wedding, why do people care so much, though? After all, royal weddings in the past didn't involve Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and viewers still tuned in – to the ones that have been televised, at least. What is it about the marriage of royals that captivates American viewers, viewers who live in a country that definitely broke with the concept of the British monarchy?
Vote up the reasons that explain why so many Americans will be tuning into the royal wedding this weekend.
It's an extension of Americans' obsession with celebrity.
It’s a positive event in a media landscape dominated by scary or depressing news.
It's a chance to remember Princess Diana.
It might be Queen Elizabeth II's last major event.
It doesn't matter what he's doing, people are interested in Prince Harry.
People watch because popular culture says they should.
It's a chance to watch real history in the making, since Meghan Markle is American.
It's a connection to centuries-long history.
It's a chance to see other members of the royal family.
It's a fantasy escape from the real world.
It's foreign and exotic to American viewers because they have no comparable institution.
It's a follow-up to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
People can't look away from the gross display of an outdated institution.
It's just fun to see what everyone wears.
It's fun to participate in what feels like a truly global event.
People don't actually care; the media focuses on it.
It lets people fantasize about their own weddings.
People are only interested for the ironic social ammunition.
It provides wish fulfillment for those who long to be royal.
It brings together the global Commonwealth.
It's always an important moment in fashion history.