May 17, 2018 12:47 am
Updated: May 17, 2018 11:15 am

The Royal Wedding is on Saturday, but these Vancouverites have ‘better things to do’

As the world counts down to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are British Columbians feeling the fever? Sonia Deol set out to find out.


Only three days remain before the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

And if you ask certain Vancouverites, there are “better things to do” than wake up at 4 a.m. PT and watch the royals tie the knot.

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Excitement is building in some quarters in B.C. — like at the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), where people are betting on anything from whether it will rain during the wedding to whether Prince Harry will shave his beard.

But go to downtown Vancouver and people seem a notch or two below enthusiastic for the nuptials.

“I just honestly don’t care, I’ve got better things to do,” said one man at the art gallery.

“I know nothing about the royal wedding,” said a woman.

“It’s over the top, that’s royalty for you, right?” said a man sitting at a table outside Robson Square.

Even an American couple in town didn’t seem too excited to see Markle, who was born in L.A., marry a prince.

“For him to marry an American is nice, but nothing spectacular.”

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Vancouverites who are eagerly anticipating the royal wedding might do well to head to Oh My Gift on West 4th Avenue.

The shop will hold a royal tea party on Friday morning.

Guests are asked to dress in their finest wedding gear — “tiaras are welcome, gloves are welcome,” said owner Lynne Jacobs — and eat the same flavoured cake as Harry and Meghan’s wedding guests will on Saturday.

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Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel is also in a royal mood. It’s serving a special tea blend that’s Markle’s favourite.

One person who won’t be attending the wedding? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he has “important responsibilities elsewhere.”

Two people who will? The grandkids of ex-prime minister Brian Mulroney, who will join Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pageboys and bridesmaids.


On Saturday, May 19 at 4:30 a.m. ET/ 1:30 a.m. PT, Global’s coverage kicks into high gear with special Harry & Meghan: Their Love Story, hosted by Cheryl Hickey and Dawna Friesen. The one-hour show takes a closer look at the couple’s whirlwind romance. From their secret rendezvous in Toronto to Markle taking a leap of faith by hopping the pond, the special features interviews with royal and celebrity insiders Andrew Morton, Katie Nicholl and Shinan Govani.

Global’s wedding day coverage continues live at 5:30 a.m. ET/ 2:30 a.m. PT with Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding, broadcasting live from Windsor, U.K. with hosts Cheryl Hickey, Sangita Patel and Dawna Friesen, who are joined by special guest Ross Mathews (Celebrity Big Brother). With expert celebrity knowledge, comedic flair and a love of all things pop culture, Mathews is the perfect complement to co-host the five-and-a-half hour program.

Along with drop-in guests including royal expert and author Phil Dampier and powerhouse celebrity publicist Simon Jones, the broadcast will chronicle all the details of the royal wedding, including the procession to St George’s Chapel and Markle walking down the aisle.

Coverage of the event continues into the evening with the final U.K. edition of Global National recapping the day at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Then, the highly anticipated movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network, kicking off the specialty network’s Always & Forever event of four weekends filled with back-to-back wedding-themed movies celebrating the newlyweds.

  • Video report by Sonia Deol

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