BBC snubs Princess Eugenie, refuses to air her wedding over 'fears of ratings flop' even though it is set to be BIGGER than Meghan's
Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank on October 12 and the wedding will reportedly be grander than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's
The BBC has turned down the offer to broadcast Princess Eugenie’s wedding because they are worried it will be a 'ratings flop'. The channel aired both Prince William and Prince Harry’s weddings and Prince Andrew was as keen for his daughter to get the same treatment, but a source close to the family has claimed that Andrew is now hoping ITV will step in and run full coverage.
Sky News have already confirmed that they will only air snippets as part of their rolling news coverage of the day. "The feeling at the Palace is that the BBC has dropped the ball. At the end of the day, this is going to be a huge royal wedding, with all the senior members of the royal family in attendance. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air," a source alleged.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the insider added that, "From the outset, the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie’s wedding must be televised. But BBC turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in and that there isn’t enough support for the Yorks."
The 28-year-old princess will marry Jack Brooksbank on October 12, and the pair will wed in St George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle, the same venue as Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. Eugenie began dating the 31-year-old brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila about seven years ago after they met while skiing near the Swiss resort of Verbier.
The lavish wedding is said to be grander than Harry and Meghan's, as the pair is planning to make the celebrations last the whole weekend instead of sticking to a wedding day. Their wedding security alone is costing £2million, which is set to be covered by the UK taxpayer.
The reason for the heightened security is because the couple will be taking part in a carriage ride around Windsor, just like Harry and Meghan did. The ceremony itself will be a bigger affair.
Eugenie is closely connected to the celebrity world and is friends with Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Chelsy Davy, and Kate Moss, all of whom are thought to have been invited.
The new royal couple has apparently even hired Victoria and David Beckham’s wedding planner Peregrine Armstrong-Jones and are using Elton John’s personal florist. Evening entertainment has Robbie Williams and Goulding performing, with the wedding taking on a festival theme with dodgems and coconut shies.