Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’ this year, but it won’t be the only royal wedding televised across the pond in 2018.
TLC – the network behind hit reality series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and My 600lb Life – announced on Thursday that it will broadcast Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding to her boyfriend of eight years, Jack Brooksbank, live in the U.S. on Friday, October 12.
The exclusive three-hour, commercial-free life feed, which is being called Royal Wedding Live: Princess Eugenie, will start at 4:25 a.m. ET/PT and take American viewers inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the full ceremony.
The broadcast will be hosted by British television personalities Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford of ITV’s This Morning and will kick off with the arrivals of the couple’s famous guests.
In addition to members of the royal family, Elton John, Victoria and David Beckham, Ellie Goulding, and James Blunt are all reported to be among the guests expected to attend the ceremony.
Jack is a brand ambassador for George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila company, so it’s possible that the actor and his wife, Amal Clooney, will also be in attendance.
After Eugenie, 28, and Jack, 32, say ‘I do,’ live footage will show newlyweds’ carriage procession through the streets of Windsor.
For those who are unwilling to wake up before sunrise, TLC will have an encore presentation at 7:25 a.m. ET/PT. Viewers can also watch the nuptials on demand after the live simulcast using the TLC GO app.
Princess Eugenie is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the ninth in line for the thrown, just behind her 30-year-old sister, Beatrice.
The cable network, which is owned by owned by Discovery, Inc, is known for its rather outlandish original reality series, including My 600lb Life, Dr. Pimple Popper, and My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
But while that may make TLC seem like a rather odd choice for Princess Eugenie’s royal ceremony, the network does pride itself on boasting a roster of very popular wedding-centric programs, including 90 Day Fiancé, Four Weddings, and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.
In fact, TLC will air re-runs of Say Yes to the Dress, another popular bridal program, on either side of Eugenie’s wedding broadcast.
‘Weddings are an essential part of our programming DNA, and having two royal weddings is cause for celebration on TLC,’ said Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC.
‘In May, we were thrilled to provide live coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Now it’s Princess Eugenie’s turn, and U.S. fans of the royal family will get to witness all the flourishes of this big day only on TLC!’
Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace announced details of ITV’s royal wedding coverage in the UK following reports that the BBC declined to televise Princess Eugenie’s big day.
The broadcaster will air live coverage of the wedding of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12 October in an extended This Morning special.
In August, the Mail on Sunday reported that despite being approached by Prince Andrew’s aides, the BBC turned down the chance to broadcast the wedding because the network didn’t think enough people would tune in.
Palace sources indicated that the father of the bride was determined to ensure his younger daughter’s big day would be televised and give her a ceremony to rival Meghan and Harry’s wedding on May 19.
With Eugenie allegedly keen to outdo her cousin’s nuptials, she has reportedly invited more than 850 guests to St. George’s Chapel, which holds 800 people.
In comparison, Harry and Meghan only had 600 guests at their ceremony.
In an announcement made on Tuesday morning, ITV said the broadcast will ‘capture the atmosphere and arrivals at St. George’s Chapel, with Eamonn and Ruth joined by guests, commentators and experts for this specially extended program.’