Watching the royal wedding

How to watch the royal wedding on practically every platform

The royal wedding bonanza has been well under way for weeks. On Saturday, May 19, Britain’s Prince Harry will marry American Meghan Markle in what is sure to be a media feeding frenzy. And for good reason! The marriage of Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, to Kate Middleton drew 23 million viewers in the U.S. and nearly three billion worldwide.

So unless you turn off your phone and TV, stop surfing the internet and delete your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat accounts, you’re probably going to see something from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the couple is saying their vows.

Here’s how to watch the royal wedding

Broadcast: You don’t need us to tell you that every major network will be covering the wedding. From CNN to NBC to CBS to Fox to the BBC, expect to see all of these networks carry live coverage of the big day. Some will begin as early as 4 am ET / 1 am PT.

Online: Sling TV will have programming from BBC America, CNN, E! and others. What you see will depend on what package you subscribe to, so check here to see what’s available.

Reuters TV will offer free streaming of the royal wedding as will Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS and Android apps.

Want to stick with cable but need to watch it online? You can livestream CBS’s coverage here. BBC America will also livestream it but you’ll need a login for a cable provider. CNN will livestream everything on its homepage and apps starting at 5 am.

Go public television with PBS: They’re livestreaming the royal wedding on YouTube below.

Want to go straight to the source? The royal family of course has a YouTube channel, and while it won’t let us embed it, you can watch the video here.

Social media: The official Kensington Palace Instagram account is featuring some pretty nice behind-the-scenes looks at the royal wedding, including the delicious-looking wedding cake.

Want to know what’s in the #RoyalWedding cake? Follow our Instagram story to find out

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The “Today” show created a pretty cute Snapchat filter where you can add adorkable hats to your selfies.

“Today” show hosts testing out their royal wedding Snapchat filter. Today

Need more hat coverage? Check out this video from the Washington Post on the history of these fashion statements.

Finally, if you want to stick to Facebook, you can watch the royal wedding live on the Royal Family’s official Facebook page (its URL is:

Here are all the details about seeing the wedding tomorrow. Happy royal-watching!

What day is the royal wedding?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on Saturday, May 19.

What time is the royal wedding?

The wedding is at 7 am ET / 4 am PT. Most coverage begins at 4 am ET / 1 am PT.

Where is the royal wedding being held?

The happy couple is getting married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince William and Kate Middleton got married at Westminster Abbey in London.

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle march down the aisle in Windsor, England, on May 19th, they’ll be watched by 600 invited guests and additional untold numbers of nosy onlookers.

And that’s just the American TV hosts.

Ha, ha, we kid. Sort of. There’ll be cameras positioned inside St. George’s Chapel to televise and live stream the hotly-anticipated nuptials between the Queen’s roguish redheaded grandson and his American actress beloved. And U.S. broadcast and cable networks are taking full advantage of it. (And not just them. Earlier this week, Fathom Events announced it will show the wedding and festivities commercial-free and almost live at select movie theaters around the country, including several in metro Atlanta. See below for more information).

A crowd watches the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton broadcast live on a big screen TV at Piedmont Park. Since that event, viewing options have only increased for people wanting to gorge on the nuptials of William’s brother, Prince Harry, and American Meghan Markle on May 19. John Spink, [email protected] Photo: John Spink/[email protected]

The wedding ceremony is scheduled for 7 a.m. here (noon in the U.K). Most networks are planning at least five hours of live coverage starting as early as 5 a.m. on the big day.

That’s all?!


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From more dignified PBS specials to a brand new Lifetime movie featuring Harry and Meghan “lookalikes” (you be the judge), there’ll be gobs of royal wedding-related programming in the days leading up to the ceremony. It won’t even end with the “I Do’s” as there’ll be replays and more specials for hours afterwards.

Here’s your royal wedding viewing guide. Check for the latest updates, including all the details on how to watch official Royal Family live stream online and on social media.

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ABC: 5 a.m. Special five-hour live edition of “Good Morning America” from Windsor hosted by GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts and “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir. Simulcast on,, mobile and social.

CBS: 4 a.m. Live coverage anchored by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King and “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier. Also shown live on 24/7 streaming news network CBSN.

Admit it — the royal wedding wouldn’t be half as much fas without Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb there to offer their unique commenatry. The entire “Today” show team will be in Windsor to cover Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day. Photo: Palm Beach Post photo

NBC: 4:30 a.m. Special 6-1/2 hour edition of “TODAY at the Royal Wedding” from Windsor anchored by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. Live streamed on, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

PBS: It will show the wedding live. No information available yet what time its coverage will start.

BBC America: Live direct simulcast and streaming of coverage by the BBC in the U.K. Commentary by BBC experts and limited commercial interruption. The cable channel hasn’t said yet what time its coverage will start.

On official Royal Family sites and social media: 6 a.m. They may be an old monarchy, but the British royal family is definitely hip to the times. They’ll show the ceremony live on The British Monarchy Facebook Page and on YouTube on The Royal Channel ; on You can also follow the wedding and find video, clips and updates on the monarchy’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@RoyalFamily, @KensingtonRoyal, @ClarenceHouse for both). Find complete information and updates at

E! News: 5 a.m. Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski host five hour “Live from the Royal Wedding” from Windsor. One-hour recap at 7 p.m.

Fox News Channel: 5 a.m. Ainsley Earhardt hosts “Fox and Friends Weekend” live from Windsor. Live coverage of the wedding and surrounding festivities continues at 6 a.m.with chief news anchor Shepard Smith and America’s Newsroom co-anchor Sandra Smith outside St. George’s Chapel. Live streamed on

TLC: 5 a.m. The “Say Yes to the Dress” network will present a live, four-hour feed of the wedding. Then at 10 p.m. a new one-hour special, “TLC’s Royal Wedding Revealed” will feature the cable channel’s wedding and style experts (including Atlanta’s own Lori Allen) dissecting and dishing on all aspects of the big day.

HBO: 7:30 a.m. “The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!” Co-hosted by Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, aka Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, with Tim Meadows and produced by Funny or Die. Hopefully they’ll put fewer noses out of joint than they did with their unique live coverage of this year’s Rose Parade. Or not. Replay at 9:45 p.m.

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In movie theaters: Fathom Events and Brit Box, a subscription service that brings BBC and ITV shows from the U.K. to American TV’s, are teaming up for this screening of the nuptials “captured live” from Windsor and presented commercial-free. Starting at 10 a.m. on May 19 (i.e. three hours after the opening strains of the wedding march) the “show” will play at three Atlanta-area theaters: Hollywood 24 in Chamblee, Barrett Commons 14 in Kennesaw and Avalon 12 in Alpharetta. Tickets ($10.60 to $10.80) are available at or participating box offices.

Why are these people smiling? Posh and Becks (aka former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her soccer star hubby David Beckham) made a big sartorial splash at the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Word is the couple — and their unique look –are on the guest list again for the May 19 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


May 11:

“Meghan Markle: An American Princess” 8 p.m. Fox. A two-hour special exploring Markle’s life before meeting Prince Harry and what her future holds. Includes interviews with Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, Royal Correspondent and Harry’s biographer, Katie Nicholl; and Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler.

May 13:

“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” 8 p.m. Lifetime. The network better known for flicks like “Deadly Matrimony” and “Unsolved Mysteries” reruns brings us this made-for-tv movie about, well, the title says it all. Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley are the sorta lookalikes portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Repeats multiple times during the week leading up to the wedding.

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“Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle” 9 p.m. Smithsonian Channel. This absorbing documentary series began with the 19th century American heiresses whose real life stories inspired “Downton Abbey” and has since moved on to more modern subjects like movie stars who married into royalty. This special edition uses archival footage and interviews to look at Markle’s story in the context of Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth and other Americans who married into the European aristocracy.

“Headliners: Queen Elizabeth II” 9 p.m. MSNBC. NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur hosts this one-hour pre-wedding special that looks at the life of Europe’s longest reigning monarch (and grandma of the bridegroom).

Weird hats, like those sported here by (l-r) Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at William and Kate’s 2011 nuptials, are what makes a royal wedding must-see TV.

May 14

“Royal Wedding Watch” 10 p.m. PBS. Meredith Viera and U.K. host Matt Baker anchor this five-night series (it airs at 10:30 p.m. on May 18 only) that will look at the history, cermonies and traditions helping to shape this royal wedding.

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May 16:

“Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan” 10 p.m. NBC. Hosted by “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, this one-hour special includes interviews with close friends of the couple, insider reports on wedding fashions, guests and more.

May 18:

“Royal Slumber Party” 7:45 p.m. Freeform. Wedding-themed movies and the like air leading up to Freeform’s simulcast of the special royal wedding edition of “Good Morning America” at 5 a.m. Saturday.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC. David Muir and Deborah Roberts lead this look at “the two most important women in Prince Harry’s life:” Markle and his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. This special edition will also cover last-minute details of the wedding, which will be just hours away.

May 19:

“A Royal Celebration” 1 p.m. Hallmark Channel. Kicking off with an encore presentation of “Dater’s Handbook,” the 2016 TV movie starring Markle, Hallmark presents a daylong movie marathon, four of which have royal romance themes. It all culminates at 9 p.m. with the premiere of “Royally Ever After,” about an American commoner(Fiona Gubelmann) whose boyfriend (Torrance Coombs) secretly is a prince of a small European country.

“Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle” 8 p.m. CBS. A two-hour special recapping all the happenings of the big day.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC. Another special edition recaps the wedding, events before and after the ceremony and offers “other inside details.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be decidedly different from Will and Kate’s extravagant 2011 celebration. They’ll be wed in Windsor Castle, not Westminster Abbey; Meghan’s ring is all diamonds, while Kate’s features a massive blue sapphire; and Harry’s bringing an American into the fold, as opposed to a born-and-bred Brit.

But Prince Harry’s May 2018 wedding will be the same as his brother’s in the only way that really matters (at least to me): it will be televised.

Royal fans turned out in droves to watch Kate walk down the aisle back in 2011, garnering almost 23 million viewers in the U.S. alone. And while one might assume that all royal weddings are televised, it’s not a must. For example, Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones chose not to broadcast their nuptials back in June of 1999.

Here’s where you can tune in on Saturday:


PBS will also be showing the wedding live. The channel will run a five-part nightly series starting May 14, which will end with a live broadcast of the wedding on May 19.


CBS will start their coverage at 4 a.m. eastern from Windsor. Tina Brown will join Gayle King and Kevin Frazier live. CBSN, CBS’s live-streaming site will also reportedly be broadcasting coverage starting at 4 a.m.


Joy Reid will anchor coverage of the royal wedding on MSNBC from New York starting at 4 a.m. eastern, while Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur will report live from Windsor.


Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb in Windsor. Courtesy of NBC

The Today show has announced its coverage. On the day of the wedding, commentary will begin on NBC at 4:30 a.m. eastern with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reporting live from “an exclusive vantage point overlooking Windsor Castle.”

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Fox’s coverage of the big day will begin at 5 a.m. eastern with Ainsley Earhardt broadcasting live from Windsor. Their main coverage of the wedding will start at 6 a.m., and will feature Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith along with other guests.

BBC America:

BBC America will be streaming coverage and commentary of the event on May 19. Here’s where you can sign in with your subscription or cable account information.


Good Morning America will be starting their coverage at 5 a.m. eastern on ABC. 20/20 will also provide coverage of the royal wedding with primetime specials on Friday, May 18 at 10 p.m. ET and Saturday, May 19 at 10 p.m. eastern.


“E! Live From the Royal Wedding” with hosts Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Sarah-Jane Crawford, and royal expert Melanie Bromley will start at 5 a.m. eastern on May 19. The channel will also have programming like “The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan” scheduled in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and are airing a “Royal Wedding Rundown” on Saturday evening, to recap the historic event right after it happens.

In a movie theater:

If you prefer to watch the royal wedding commercial-free with surround sound, Fathom Events is partnering with BritBox and ITV to air the festivities at nearly 200 locations at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, including how to buy tickets, visit

Via Livestream:

The wedding will stream live on starting at 5 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Reuters TV will start its coverage online at 4:30 ET. They will also be streaming via OS and Android apps, Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.

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American actress and model Meghan Markle will become a member of the British royal family when she exchanges vows with Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle, the royal residence in the U.K. county of Berkshire. Harry is the sixth in line to the British throne.

While the upcoming nuptials are obviously a huge story in England, there seems to be a tremendous amount of interest on this side of the Atlantic as well. With that in mind, U.S. television will provide live coverage of the highly anticipated and lavish wedding ceremony, with all the pomp and circumstance that it brings with it. About 23 million people in the U.S. watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Many Americans who are interested in the royals may be wondering what time the wedding will air on television in the U.S.

The upcoming ceremony itself is scheduled for noon local time in the U.K., which is 7 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast, but TV networks are starting a lot earlier than that.

With correspondents on the scene, networks such as ABC, NBC, and CBS evidently will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the event on May 19 well before the couple walks down the aisle, Town & Country reports

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NBC, for example, begins its coverage on the Today show starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time anchored by Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. PBS will also show the wedding live, which will be preceded by a five-part, royal-wedding-related series starting on May 14.

Anchored by Gayle King and others, CBS (and CBS streaming) will provide coverage of Meghan Markle’s big day beginning at 4:00 a.m. Eastern time. Apparently, the ABC folks may get an extra hour of sleep, because that network’s coverage begins at 5 a.m. on Good Morning America. ABC’s 20/20 will air prime-time specials about the royal wedding at 10 p.m. Eastern on May 18 and 19.

The E! Network launches its E! Live from the Royal Wedding programing at 5 a.m., hosted by Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Sarah-Jane Crawford, plus royal expert Melanie Bromley. “The channel will also have programming like The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan scheduled in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and are airing a Royal Wedding Rundown on Saturday evening, to recap the historic event right after it happens.”

The wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will also be aired on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC America.

The event will also be live-streamed on the web; check back with the Inquisitr for updates on where and when to watch the royal wedding online as well as on other television channels.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially tie the knot today, Saturday, May 19, and unless a gilded invitation recently appeared in your mailbox, the only way to watch the wedding of year live will come courtesy of TV networks and various live streams online.

The royal ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle begins at noon London time — that’s 7 a.m. ET or 4 a.m. PT — with coverage airing beforehand to capture all of the high-profile arrivals and lead-up. At 1 p.m., the couple will take a carriage ride around Windsor greeting well wishers before heading off to the first of two non-televised receptions.

Here’s how you can watch the royal wedding:

Live Stream

The CNN Facebook page is hosting a live stream of the event. You can also tune into CBSN, CBS’s live stream, beginning at 4 a.m. ET and you don’t need a cable subscription to watch.



Gayle King and Kevin Frazier kick things off at 4 a.m. ET and a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will air later that night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


The Today Show has hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Megyn Kelly, and Kathie Lee Gifford positioned at “a special vantage point” overlooking Windsor Castle for coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m ET.


Good Morning America will start special coverage at 5 a.m. ET with co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight’s David Muir. The network will also stream the five-hour broadcast online on,, their mobile apps, and social platforms.

Fox News

Ainsley Earhardt will co-host FOX & Friends Weekend live from Windsor beginning at 5 a.m. ET, with Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith joining from outside of St George’s Chapel starting at 6 a.m. ET.


A live four-hour feed will kick off at 5 a.m ET, followed by the premiere of TLC’s Royal Wedding Revealed at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m CT. The hour-long special will feature commentary from Randy Fenoli, Lori Allen, and Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress as well as style experts George Kotsiopoulos and Hayley Paige. The panel will also offer Twitter commentary that will be shown on-air during the ceremony broadcast.

It’s been a while….What’s up my Twitter followers?

— Randy Fenoli (@randyfenoli) May 4, 2018

If you’re ready to say yes to Meghan’s dress, follow Randy on Twitter and use #TLCRoyalWedding to get into the convo.


Unsuspecting viewers tuning into The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! on HBO may question their hosts’ commentating skills, but look closer and you’ll realize they’re really Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon reprising their comedic personas from the Rose Bowl Parade. Their tongue-in-cheek parody fooled some Amazon customers back in January, but hopefully everyone gets in on the joke this time.

BBC America

Of course BBC is covering the royal wedding! You can either get the channel’s broadcast on TV or via their live stream online for free through BBC World News.

At a Movie Theater


If you want to see the fascinators on the big screen, check showtimes at your local cinema. Nearly 200 U.S. theaters will show the royal wedding commercial-free on May 19 at 10 a.m. through a partnership between Fathom Events and BritBox, the subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV.

Members of the press set up cameras on the media stand in the front of Westminster Abbey the day before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. Pawel Libera/CorbisGetty Images

All media outlets can broadcast the ceremony as part of a “pool camera,” but not every royal wedding received the same treatment. Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones decided against broadcasting their 1999 nuptials, but many other family members have gone the more public route. Twenty-three million Americans alone watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say “I do,” and there’s no forgetting the biggest wedding of the 20th century: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles.

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The Royal Wedding 2018: How to Game the Live Television Coverage of Harry and Meghan

A global 3-billion-strong expected viewing audience for Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry to the former American actress, Meghan Markle, ought to settle any doubts about the British monarchy’s, and specifically, the Queen’s, staggering marketing power. Harry’s own proven popular touch, a legacy of his mother, and his unashamedly romantic “reaching down” (in British terms) for his bride into the commoner pools, and among Americans no less, have served only to increase this weekend’s broadcast mega-wattage. Something north of 20 million are expected to watch in the United States alone, and we’re just one former colony.

A Taste of What’s To Come: Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire ahead of the royal… wedding this weekend. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

To slake the global thirst that the proceedings bring, the Crown itself has afforded the BBC correspondents prime position, inside the Windsor Castle walls, with their booth situated on the roof of the Windsor Guard Room, no less. Their livestream is available in the States through BBC America. The American Big Three and the cable networks will have their boots on the ground at other allegedly exclusive locations, although in no such proximity to the proceedings.

The weather may be bright in Windsor on Saturday, but in the United States, it will be a a soppy, sloggy broadcast day. America is the former British colony from which the ginger-haired second-son chose his commoner bride, and our broadcasters will not be letting us forget that, even for a millisecond. The order of the American broadcast day – from Good Morning America right on down through the E! Network, will be to sling gobs of raging sentimentality out into the air, with a hefty focus on the Disney-ish ‘Cinderella’ aspects of the bride’s life. You know: growing up in a broken family, finding medium-high levels of success as an actress, then deciding to ‘give back’ in the form of her charitable activities. Laudable as the arc of the bride’s real life is, Saturday will be about the super-saccharine fantasy-come-true broadcast rendition of it. How to avoid that?

There are two viewing options: you can just sit there and take it, along with the regular insulin jabs even non-diabetics will require to metabolize the tons of on-air sugar presented minute-by-minute for hours on end. Or: you can game your viewing to avoid that. We recommend the latter tactic.

What follows is a chapbook on how to play the wedding coverage on Saturday in the United States. First step: lay on a midnight brunch of scrambled eggs and Scottish smoked salmon for yourself and your friends, accompanied by limitless huge pitchers of Bloody Marys. The midnight brunch is for sustenance. The Bloodies are to make the broadcasts easier to digest.

To ease the channel surfing, we’ve made a broadcast list in ascending order of expected levels of sentimentality, aka “treacle,” as gauged from the character of the respective broadcast environments. Looked at from the top down, the list is, also, in descending order of the possible informed reporting that one can expect.

BBC America

Time: 4:15 a.m.

Hosts/Show: Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards, and Dermot O’Leary.

The go-to broadcast. No other broadcaster has been given their level of access to Windsor Castle on the day. But the main, refreshing thing about the BBC America livestream is that the BBC will not bother smacking you in the face with any of that nutty, sweaty urgency of American or other non-English Anglophiles because the BBC contributors, editors and presenters are definitely already British. It can help you and your party skirt a lot of the fawning found elsewhere. Instead, the BBC’s is the staunch ‘home view,’ in other words, the level of discourse that the British themselves have about their monarchy. Their reporters and editors will be up to snuff on the arcana of the Court of St. James, such as the fun fact that, formally speaking, the Queen will grant Harry and his bride a duchy, tipped to be the vacant duchy of Sussex, but despite her becoming a peer of the realm, Ms. Markle will remain a royal-by-proxy and thus will be styled with Harry’s name, as in ‘Princess Henry of Wales.’ She is not and will never be on a titled par with the core royals. Among the mountains of coverage on offer on Saturday in America, the BBC’s will be the equivalent of a bracing whiskey after a long walk in the country: Plenty of sugar in there in the form of love-of-country, but as an American you won’t really know it.


Time: 4:30 a.m.

Show/Host: PBS News Hour

This week’s five-part primetime broadcast series (in cooperation with the BBC) and the PBS coverage on Saturday will, also, hew to well-educated Anglophiles, approximately, the Poldark/Downton Abbey/Upstairs Downstairs fan set. Gold circle pins, cucumber sandwiches, hunting dogs, and crew-necked Shetland sweaters spoken fluently here. As the official Anglophile’s standard-bearers in America, the PBS correspondents will be reassuring, scholarly and, though perhaps a rung down from the BBC’s own, appropriately dry.


Time: 4 a.m.

Hosts: CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier

Coverage begins at 4 a.m.on the network and as a stream. Of the Big Three, CBS has the most British broadcast DNA, with chief correspondent Edward R. Murrow’s long wartime residence in London, so if you’re surfing the majors, this is the network to watch. The reputable Gayle King and Kevin Frazier will anchor, joined by British journalist and erstwhile Diana biographer Tina Brown, whose professional acquaintance with the groom’s mother way back in the day should bring a quotient of the history-as-lived to the cast. The caveat is that the shopworn comparisons between Ms. Markle and the groom’s mother will be easier for Ms. Brown to heave up than they would be for broadcasters who never met Harry’s mum. Ergo, the game-within-the-game of watching CBS: When Ms. King, Mr. Frazier and Ms. Brown are kicking the hacky-sack around on the question of whether Diana would be proud, which threatens to be one of the major sentimental tropes of the broadcast day, use these moments to hit the facilities, or to refill that pitcher of Bloody Marys.


Time: 5 a.m.

Host: Ainsley Earhardt

Guests/Correspondents: Sandra Smith, Shepard Smith

Fox places high on this list for its sheer entertainment value, witting and unwitting. As we know, many of the parent company News Corp’s former London newspaper editors and employees have been found criminally liable for phone hacking, whose victims included members of the Royal Family. Adding to that extreme London-based corporate bumbling is the fact that live-wire anchor Shepard Smith can ‘go off’ at a moment’s notice on anybody or anything. Fox could provide some buckle-your-seat-belt fun come Saturday morning. Anytime your party is dragging, bounce over to Shep and see what kinda metaphorical dynamite he’s tossing around.


Time: 5 a.m.

Show/Hosts: Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, World News Tonight anchor David Muir

The presence of World News Tonight’s David Muir will bring some welcome gravitas to the ABC offerings, and Robin Roberts is a citizen of good standing in the morning talks, so, after PBS, ABC does seem to be the surf-to when you might want some news. But the wedding isn’t news. We know what is going to happen. Verdict: worth checking in, but maybe don’t stay too long.


Time:4 a.m.

Hosts: The Today Show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb

Hey, Matt, where are ya boy! Oh, right, the lugubrious Matt Lauer is no longer with us. The recently-reduced Today show begins its coverage at 4:30 a.m. Saturday with the relentlessly upbeat Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. These two are already in Windsor and have been pictured by the network in a rented open landau carriage of the sort that Harry and Meghan will be taking adulation in on the long processional route after the ceremony. The touristic carriage ride metaphor seems to imply that Savannah and Hoda will be filling some dead airtime with gushy ‘Merry Olde England’ travelogue. Might want to surf on by those two, up list, or down.


Time: 4 a.m.

Host: Joy Reid

Guests/Correspondents: Stephanie Ruhle, Katy Tur

It’s a tough call as to why, exactly, MSNBC wants to go through this. Although the on-air talent, Joy Reid, Stephanie Ruhle, and Katy Tur are up to the job, the wedding just doesn’t seem quite the right kind of hot-button ‘issue’ to rate the cable network doing anything but having an item on it in a news wrap-up. In fact, Obama, Bush, Trump, and at last check, Jimmy Carter, are not attending.


Time: 5 a.m.

Hosts: Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Sarah Jane Crawford

Guests/Correspondents: Melanie Bromley

Relegated to the outer perimeters of the ‘reporting’ as well as a market sector, the network is flooding the zone with no less than four people, including ‘royal expert’ Melanie Bromley, and even plans what they’re calling a ‘Royal Wedding Rundown’ for Saturday night, for those of its viewers who didn’t manage it out of bed for the live betrothal. Look for: Arguably similar amounts of nuttiness as at Fox, but with more or less intentional froth. The E! on-air talent’s problem will be recognizing British celebrities, the titled, the extended Royal Family, and the some 200 invited charity representatives, although their flailing at that could be good viewing sport. Luckily for E!, the (to Americans) somewhat-recognizable Spice Girls have been invited. Verdict: for those fashion-obsessed who missed the Oscars.

How to Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Online for Free

It’s finally here — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s long-awaited royal wedding.

But if you’re not one of the lucky few who received an official invitation to their Windsor Castle nuptials on Saturday, May 19 — or one of the 2,640 members of the general public who have been asked to attend the carriage procession to and from the chapel — don’t fret. There will still be a way to see all the pomp, circumstance, and royal glory of Harry and Markle’s royal wedding — including the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, the picture-perfect royal kiss and the associated proceedings.

Here’s what you need to know about when the royal wedding starts as well as where and how to watch it online (including free options).

Harry and Markle’s wedding starts at noon local time, which means 7 a.m. E.T. That means U.S. viewers will have to be up at dawn to watch the whole ceremony live. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the Palace stated earlier in the year, confirming that cameras will even be allowed into the chapel so that all media outlets can access the live footage, following in the footsteps of Prince William’s 2011 wedding and Prince Charles’s 1981 wedding, both of which were also televised.

What channel is the royal wedding on?

You can bet that all major U.S. news outlets will be sure to make the royal wedding is available live on cable starting around 4 a.m. EST. After all, Prince William’s 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton brought in about 23 million U.S. viewers alone, and hundreds of millions more globally.

NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 a.m. E.T., with TODAY Show co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb planning to report live from what is being described as “an exclusive vantage point overlooking Windsor Castle” for the big day, joined by commentators Megyn Kelly, Kathy lee Gifford, Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones.

Over on CBS, Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier kick things off at 4 a.m. E.T. ABC, meanwhile, is sending the Good Morning America team to Windsor for coverage starting at 5 a.m. and going through to 10 a.m. E.T.


MSNBC has tapped Joy Reid to anchor their coverage, also beginning at 4 a.m. E.T., with correspondents Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur reporting in from Windsor.

At FOX, Ainsley Earhardt will start by hosting Fox & Friends at 5 a.m. before joining Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith, who will host wedding ceremony coverage from the Windsor area at around 6 a.m. E.T..


For a slightly different take, HBO has called upon comedians Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon to commentate on the wedding proceedings while in their characters of Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan. The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! will kick off at 7:30 a.m. E.T. if you need a comic break from the more straightforward royal wedding coverage.

Other networks

PBS, BBC and BBC America, ITV, Sky News and more are also expected to cover the events live.

Will the royal wedding be livestreamed?

Yes., ABC, NBC and PBS are just a few of the sites planning to livestream the ceremony to viewers, although you may need a cable login to access some of their feeds. Some of these networks and outlets may also go live on Facebook during parts of the royal wedding.

You can also watch the royal wedding online for free by signing up for free trials of Hulu, Sling, Fubo, Philo, and DirectTV — all of which offer free one-week trials. You can also sign up for two weeks of free YouTube TV (YouTube may also have a separate stream, though details on that have not been revealed yet).

Are all royal weddings televised?

Not all royal weddings are televised, of course. It was Princess Margaret who started the trend for her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. Her older sister, Queen Elizabeth, was notoriously camera shy. The broadcast of that ceremony at Westminster Abbey drew in about 20 million viewers.

In 1981, Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral brought in an estimated 750 million viewers globally, the BBC reported, alongside the 600,000 or so spectators who flooded London. At the time, it became the most popular program ever broadcast on television. (Since it was a Wednesday, it was also celebrated as a national holiday in the U.K.)

In contrast, when Prince Edward — the Queen’s second son after Charles — married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, they chose to keep their event a more private affair. It also took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where Markle and Prince Harry are planning to wed.

Following Prince Charles‘s civil wedding ceremony with Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, the BBC covered the ensuing prayer service and broadcast it live. It, too, was at St. George’s Chapel.

The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017

This post will be updated with the latest details on how to stream the royal wedding live.

Getty A cardboard cut-out display of Prince Harry and his fiance US actress Meghan Markle sits outside a card shop ahead of the couple’s wedding on May 10, 2018 in Windsor, England. St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will host the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle on May 19. The town, which gives its name to the Royal Family, is ready for the event and the expected tens of thousands of royalists.

The Royal Wedding 2018 is here. YouTube will be streaming the nuptials which will reportedly be shown on the Royal Family’s YouTube channel, according to The Standard UK, which you can find here. The video streaming was set to begin at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT/11 a.m. GMT. The stream will reportedly remain on YouTube in full for 24 hours, for fans across the nation to enjoy., BBC and The New York Times also will be airing the Royal Wedding for free on each of their websites. There are also additional options for streaming the Royal Wedding for free, for those who are unable to view the above video. Coverage of the Royal Wedding will air on the following networks: Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC America, Telemundo, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, TLC, E!, and Freeform. Below are all the available possibilities for watching the wedding online for free.

Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial. Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch CBS live on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.

Sling TV: CNN and BBC America are included in both the “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” channel packages, while ABC (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Orange” plus “Broadcast Extra” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch CNN live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

A picture taken at Buckingham Palace in London on April 12, 2018 shows the text and marginalia of the Instrument of Consent, an official State document that records the Queen’s formal consent to Prince Harry’s forthcoming marriage to Meghan Markle. – The Instrument of Consent is a hand-written document which records Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The document is hand-written and illuminated on vellum and sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm. The Queen’s signature, “Elizabeth R,” can be seen at the top right of the document, which will be presented to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the wedding.

CBS All Access: This service is another option for CBS watchers that lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel (most markets included), as well as all of CBS’ on-demand library. It’s ultimately the same as the above option, only you’re watching through CBS’ digital platform rather than Amazon’s. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and then you can watch CBS live on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app.

FuboTV: CBS, NBC and E! (live in select markets) are included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, while MSNBC is one of 70-plus channels included in FuboTV’s main bundle. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch any of these channels live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

DirecTV Now: E! is included in all four of DirecTV Now’s base channel packages, as is CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, BBC America and HLN. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial is included no matter what package you choose, and you can then watch the included channels live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.

With the above options, just be sure to cancel your subscriptions before the free trial periods are over. Otherwise, you will be charged for your subscriptions.

The reception is set to last approximately one hour and Prince Charles will walk Markle down the aisle, according to an official statement from Kensington Palace. Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds will take a carriage ride around Windsor before joining their guests at a lunch reception hosting by the Queen. Later in the night, an evening reception will take place, hosted by Prince Charles. Elton John will reportedly perform at some point during the wedding and the Spice Girls have been rumored to perform as well.

The royal wedding livestream has ended, but catch up on the must-see arrivals, from Amal Clooney to Lady Kitty Spencer, along with the most outstanding fashion, and catch the latest updates from on the scene in Windsor in our live blog. You can also find out Harry and Meghan’s new royal titles and their significance. Not enough?

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British royal weddings have never exactly been private affairs. When then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947, the ceremony was broadcast on BBC Radio across six continents to an estimated 200 million people. Thirteen years later, her sister, Princess Margaret, had the first royal wedding to air on television, watched by an estimated 300 million. In more recent years, Americans woke up at the crack of dawn to watch Prince Charles marry Princess Diana in 1981 (the estimated global TV audience was 750 million) and then Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, which drew 23 million American eyeballs, even more than Charles and Diana.

So when Meghan Markle walks down the aisle to Prince Harry at St. George‘s Chapel in Windsor Castle today, it is safe to say the world will be watching. And you can, too; embedded above is a livestream that will feature every moment of the big day, from the arrival of the royal family (yes, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be there, too) to Harry and Meghan’s carriage ride through the streets of Windsor. It‘s not quite the same as an invitation to Windsor Castle itself, but for millions of us stuck on the other side of the pond, it’s probably the next best thing.

If you’re looking for even more, read up on what exactly will happen before and after the wedding, check in on the speculation around what Markle will wear, or indulge in a flashback to one of those royal weddings of years gone by. There are the surprisingly relatable mishaps endured by Elizabeth, the effusive diary entries Diana wrote about what would ultimately be an unhappy marriage, and all the ways William and Kate paid tribute to the late Diana with their wedding, something Harry is expected to do as well.

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