DeBlog: Who Gives A Royal $#!^ About The Royal Wedding?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

Are you waking up early Friday morning? Do you have royal wedding fever? I want to know why.

CBS News starts coverage at 3 a.m. on WCCO. The wedding starts at 5 a.m., and should be done by 6:15 a.m. So if you want to see the dramatic first kiss, that’ll be around 6, I’m guessing. Go ahead and sleep in.

According to my friend Ben Tracy, two billion people are expected to watch this thing on TV. Two billion!

There are 7,000 media people (including Ben) in London for the exciting “I do.”

But why? The royals don’t have any real power in England, as far as I can tell. The idea of a royal family seems a little outdated. So what’s the big deal? Why are so many people fascinated by the royals?

I’ll use your answers in my Good Question tonight at 10!

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  • Kacey

    I think part of it is because Kate is actually living a somewhat Cinderalla story. Also, for these two, a big reason is because of Princess Diana’s legacy, and seeing the young man that William has become since we watched him walk behind his mother’s casket.

  • JamieinMN

    YES I will wake up early in the AM. To watch a wedding that does NOT impact my life in any sort of way????? Hellllll no. I’ll be getting up early in the AM to go to WORK.

  • tball

    To me, it isn’t about power or popularity. To me it is a chance to see a beautiful wedding. Its interesting to see her dress, his expressions and to actually see the fariy tale wedding Disney claims can happen to anyone.

  • Kiplinger Charleston

    Of course lowly Minnesotans lack the sophistication and culture necessary to appreciate the divinely refined British Culture. Roll along now to your trailer parks and fast food restaurants…jk, but seriously, you Minnesotans are a nice simple people, I love it here.

    • Get your teeth fixed Kiplinger

      Yes, because all Englanders are so proper and have such wonderful teeth! Yuck. And yes, I’ve been there and that’s how I know. More white trash and more snaggle tooth snoggers in London than any trailer park here…

  • Bobby

    I’m with you Jason…ZERO interest in this. I had ZERO interest in Princess Diana also…Why anyone would care at all about this overhyped rich kid getting married is beyond me.

  • Jonny Imperial

    It’s the fantastical effects of Disney.

  • Rebecca

    I love British history from the time of the Anglo-Saxon kings such as Alfred the Great to the present. This family has had over a thousand years a main role in the British social and political structure. I’m watching the wedding to get my history fix- as a Anglo-phile I can’t resist seeing Westminister abbey. As humans we are just so drawn to the cult of celebrity. You have to admit Jason that compared the Jersey shore folks or the Kardashian clain – these people seem a bit more human and interesting. Besides can’t it even compare to the Brett Favre/Viking drama of the last two years? At least we know what the end result will be- two people in love engaging vows. Everybody loves a happy event and this on such a grand scale!!

    • Jason DeRusha

      Rebecca- I totally agree with you here! I admit to be a little interested.

  • Bruce Nelson

    In my opinion, Americans are fascinated with the idea of royalty. We have this ideal vision of the Disneyesque princess lifestyle and want to experience it the only way we can, vicariously through the filtered lense of television.

  • Alexandra

    I do not understand the fascination with the royal wedding. It seems as though everyone around me is downloading a program and setting their alarms for 4AM to wake up and watch. One person I talked to said that it is the only really big worldwide event that isn’t about violence, death, or politics lately, and that is a big deal to them. I can sympathize with that, but I still won’t be watching the wedding. It isn’t a cinderella story; it is a huge use of resources that could, frankly, probably be better spent. Plus who wants two billion people at their wedding? Yikes!

  • JKB

    This wedding is supposedly going to cost the Brits $500 million that they dont have! Their country isnt any better off than we are financially, yet, royalty gets what they want all on the back of their citizens. I watch Princess Di’s wedding but wont waste my time or support this poorly timed event.

    • JKB=liar

      You are wrong. The royal family and the Middleton family are paying the entire bill. 10 million, not 500 million. Excessive? YES! But at least tell the truth when you are going to put somebody down. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, but don’t make things up.

  • Jon

    I don’t care at all and am looking forward to the media coverage of them dying down. I really don’t need to see a bunch of rich people who were born into it living a glamorous life while I am sitting here working 8-4:30 for a meager wage and being told I am lucky.

    • Green Eyed Monster showing??

      Yet, ironically, you are here commenting about it. If you really didn’t care, you wouldn’t even have read the article.

  • Hmm

    Considering they had broken up once already before I kind of think this will end the same way Charles and Dianna ended minus the death part.

    • DavidH

      Why “minus the death part?” Once the new Princess produces a suitable Royal male heir, she’ll be as useless as “Di.” And then she’ll “Di” in some convenient way also. Sorry to cast a pall over this glorious event, but history shows the true colors of British Royalty.

  • Therese S.

    I woke up early 30 years ago to watch Charles and Diana’s wedding…i’ll do the same this year…big difference is ths time I will TIVO the wedding and watch it later in the day.

  • Zann

    YES!!!!!! I have to tape it since I’m working at 4:30am but I cannot wait to watch it. Her dress will be beautiful like her. They are so in love and it’s nice to see after what Prince William has been thru. I still remember watching him walk behind his mother’s casket. That had to be SO hard. He’s grown into a wonderful man that Diana can be proud of!

  • Brittney

    Speaking as someone who works in the wedding industry, we know that the Royal Wedding is going to set trends industry wide with everything from gowns to decor. Designers the world over are going to be releasing gowns that mimic Kate’s style and because she is already a such trend-setter with her modern, sophisticated look, her wedding gown is going to cause quite the frenzy in the fashion industry. People have been fascinated with public figures for a long time and to witness such a momentous event as it happens is reality television at it’s finest. And let’s be honest, it’s a modern-day, real life fairytale. Hopeless romantics, such as myself, are sighing everywhere………

  • MommyLisa

    I woke up for Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles and was ECSTATIC when Prince William was born on my birthday….

    You might as well ask why we care about Vampires or Lindsay Lohan. It’s interesting because they are pretty people with a VERY different life from us.

    • Bobby

      Another good question…why would anyone care about Lindsay Lohan?

      • DavidH

        “Shallow” comes to mind.

  • Rachel

    Won’t it be rerun over and over and over again? I did wake up early to watch Princess Di marry Chuck, but I don’t think it’s necessary since I assume there will be footage repeated over and over again.

  • captainobvious

    If work offered me the day off paid but i had to watch the whole ceremony, I would rather go to work. Hopefully when this princess kisses the frog he turns into a prince because he is an outright goblin right now.

  • Robert

    FYI: Aprill 29 is the anniversary of the marriage of Hitler and Eva Braun.

  • ?

    Exacly! Who give a flying Leap!

  • red

    They will be divorced in 10 years like Charles and Andrew anyway!

  • The Mean Angler

    I heard that the Queen was worth $575 million. I will get up and watch the wedding only if she is paying for it. The whole ordeal is a waste of the good people of The United Kingdoms euros.

    • Julie

      those Millions came from the taxpayers!!

    • DavidH

      Pound Sterling.

  • Just sayin

    This is going to be a historical event. Unlike most crap on TV or in the newspapers about murders, rape, burglary, road rage, drug overdoses. wrong way drivers, unemployment, high gas prices, etc, etc. This is going to hopefully be a time when we can forget about that crap and see what real royal weddings along with all the trimmings is all about. If you don’t want to watch….there will be plenty of bad news on TV somewhere for you to watch.
    Or you can go out and make your own bad news.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    After all the months of unendless coverage of people getting bombed by their own governments, starving by the millions, being irradiated by damaged reactors or having a tornado drop a tree on top of them it is very refreshing to see a happy event focused on the future. I wish them both all the best.

    If I can manage to NOT sleep through the alarm clock I’ll be watching.

  • Jonathan

    I think you need to see the following link: Pretty much sums up my feelings about the whole thing!

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