Why Do Americans Care About The Royal Wedding So Much?

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Why Do Americans Care About The Royal Wedding So Much?
Voting Rules
Vote up the reasons that explain why Americans are so interested in the royal wedding; vote down the ones that don't explain the interest.

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. 

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  • 1
    125 votes

    It's an extension of Americans' obsession with celebrity.

  • 2
    130 votes

    It's a fantasy escape from the real world.

  • 3
    131 votes

    It's foreign and exotic to American viewers because they have no comparable institution.

  • 4
    114 votes

    It’s a positive event in a media landscape dominated by scary or depressing news.

  • 5
    136 votes

    People don't actually care; the media focuses on it.

  • 6
    122 votes

    It's a chance to watch real history in the making, since Meghan Markle is American.