Prince William’s parents’ wedding was the quintessence of royal watching. At the time, some 750 million people were said to have tuned in. This month, estimates of those who will be eyeing William and Kate tie the knot are as low as 1 billion viewers to as many as 2 billion. And it’s happening in the middle of the night for U.S. royal watchers.
That’s why you’ll see national news anchors from Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Katie Couric to celebrity watchers like Giuliana Rancic, Ryan Seacrest and Joan Rivers broadcasting live from outside Buckingham Palace and along the route to and from Westminster Abbey up to a week ahead of the big day.
Lifetime has turned the William and Kate story into a two-hour movie that some critics have said lacks the tension of say, a real Cinderella story — like that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, with it’s unhappy ending.
When all the I-dos are said and done, there will be at least one impish take on the nuptials. Comedian Kathy Griffin will give her spin on the event on the TV Guide Network after spending five hours at home watching it live on multiple screens.