If you haven’t received your formal invitation to the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, you should probably give up looking for it in the mail. Sorry to break it to you, but it’s NOT coming.
Don’t fret, though, you’re in good company. Out of the 1.4 billion people in the world, only 800 of them will be sitting inside St. George’s Chapel at high noon on Saturday, May 19th.
So, with no invitation, what’s a dyed-in-the-wool “royal-phile” to do when the biggest event of the year is going down and you’re not going to be there? No need to despair...we have good news!
You can still “attend” in a way, and there are plenty of ways to do so from the comfort of your own home. According to Brit+Co, “First things first: The royal wedding starts early, so set your alarm (and your backup alarm). The ceremony is set for noon UK time, which is 7 am ET and 4 am PT."
Trust me, if it isn’t already, the Internet will be your BEST Friend on the day of the wedding. “The royal wedding will be live-streamed for free on several websites. More sources are likely to be confirmed in the days prior, but in the meantime, bookmark the following sites” to watch from start to finish:
1. The New York Times
will stream the royal wedding on their website.
2. CBS News
will live stream the event with pre-coverage beginning at 4:00 am ET, and you don’t need a cable subscription to watch.
3. Hulu Live
will stream the ceremony so if you’re not already a member, you might want to look into that free trial membership!
4. The official Royal Family YouTube channel
Yes, they actually have one! Although there has been no confirmation that they will live-stream it, they did so for Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, so we are hopeful that they will follow that precedent. Check the website leading up to the wedding for the latest information.
If you have cable or have access to broadcast TV, you have some additional options for watching the Royal wedding. You may prefer to watch it on one of these channels:
Live coverage will begin at 5:00 am ET and will feature Giuliana Rancic, Melanie Bromley, and Brad Goreski reporting. If you're unable to catch the event live, E! will also re-air the festivities at 7:00 pm ET.
will broadcast live throughout the wedding.
will begin its coverage, hosted by Today’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, at 4:30 am ET.
8. BBC America
will be all over the royal wedding with BBC One’s coverage. They’ll be live starting at 4:00 am ET.
begins coverage at 5:00 am ET with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and World News Tonight anchor David Muir.
coverage goes live at 4:00 am ET with hosts Tina Brown, Gayle King, and Kevin Frazier.
will bring a humorous slant to the festivities by welcoming fictional characters Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan (portrayed by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon) beginning at 7:30 am ET. Of course, you’ll need a subscription to be a part of the hilarity.
So, if you were worried that you’re going to be left out of the loop on Harry and Meghan’s big day, think again! With all ten of these options available, everyone should be able to find one that works for them.
If you live in the States, though, be sure to get to bed early on Friday night; you don’t want to accidentally oversleep and miss it!
To see what one super-fan is planning for a chance to catch a glimpse of the happy couple in person on May 19th, watch the video, below.