Why Americans Are So Obsessed with the Royal Wedding

5/16/2018 - Communication Researcher Veronica Hefner at NBC Better.

America hasn't been part of Britain for hundreds of years, yet so many of us are beyond excited to watch the royal wedding this coming weekend. Just about every single media outlet (including this one!) has run endless stories in anticipation of the nuptials of Prince Harry and his future bride, American actress Meghan Markle.

American culture is built on the idea of princess fairy tales being the ultimate achievement in love, says Veronica Hefner Ph.D. a communications researcher at UC Davis who has studied the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. “Little girls watch movies, buy related products, and grow up dreaming about finding their perfect prince,” says Hefner. “The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be more popular than any of the other previous royal weddings because Meghan is an American and she is literally living out the American princess fairy tale.”

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