Royal Family Why Do Americans Care About The Royal Wedding So Much?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
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List 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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160 46
It's an extension of Americans' obsession with celebrity.

2
158 60
It's a fantasy escape from the real world.

3
157 61
It's foreign and exotic to American viewers because they have no comparable institution.

4
136 53
It’s a positive event in a media landscape dominated by scary or depressing news.

5
154 78
People don't actually care; the media focuses on it.

6
125 76
It's a chance to watch real history in the making, since Meghan Markle is American.

7
104 69
It's a connection to centuries-long history.

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93 86
It's just fun to see what everyone wears.

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75 69
It's fun to participate in what feels like a truly global event.

10
72 80
It's a chance to remember Princess Diana.

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63 69
It lets people fantasize about their own weddings.

12
69 81
It might be Queen Elizabeth II's last major event.

13
64 75
It doesn't matter what he's doing, people are interested in Prince Harry.

14
61 76
People watch because popular culture says they should.

15
53 74
It provides wish fulfillment for those who long to be royal.

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43 76
It's a chance to see other members of the royal family.

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39 77
It's a follow-up to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

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40 80
People can't look away from the gross display of an outdated institution.

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35 89
It brings together the global Commonwealth.

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29 89
People are only interested for the ironic social ammunition.

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25 87
It's always an important moment in fashion history.