Royal Wedding TV Guide: Where to watch Harry and Meghan live and on catch-up
James R | On 19, May 2018
Today sees Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor Castle, in a ceremony that has whipped up the UK’s media into a frenzy of Royal Wedding fever. 2,460 people have been invited to stand inside the castle and see the nuptials live, but others will be watching from home on the sofa, on the computer, on the bus or in the garden.
Tired of rolling news coverage? Just want to see the actual wedding itself? From where can you stream the ceremony online to what can you watch before or afterwards, here’s our Royal Wedding TV Guide:
Royal Wedding: Where to watch live
You can watch the Royal Wedding live on all the major TV channels in the UK, including BBC One, ITV and Sky. That means you can also watch each channel’s coverage live online on BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Sky Go and NOW.
BBC One is broadcasting coverage from 9am to 2pm, hosted by Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards and Dermot O’Leary. ITV 1 is broadcasting from 9.25am to 3pm, presented by Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield, Mary Nightingale. Sky 1 is broadcasting 9am to 3pm, hosted by Kay Burley, Anna Botting, Jayne Secker, Sarah-Jane Mee, Colin Brazier and Jonathan Samuels.
You can also stream coverage live on YouTube here throughout the day.
Royal Wedding: What to catch up with
The last month has seen a veritable palace-load of Royal Wedding TV comedies, documentaries, interviews and films. We pick the best of the bunch from UK TV’s catch-up catalogue.
Invitation to a Royal Wedding (ITV Hub)
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to wed, Trevor McDonald and Julie Etchingham go behind the scenes of Britain’s most iconic royal weddings.
The Royal Wives of Windsor (ITV Hub)
Part one of a two-part primetime social history documentary that explores how the women who wed into the house of Windsor have transformed the monarchy.
Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings (ITV Hub)
This documentary special charts Prince Harry’s journey from a childhood touched by grief through his active service in Afghanistan and up to his wedding.
They’re Getting Married in the Morning (BBC iPlayer)
Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards and Dermot O’Leary kick off their live coverage from Windsor the night before the nuptials, speaking to those playing key roles in the occasion.
The Engagement Interview (BBC iPlayer)
In this revealing interview given at Kensington Palace on the day their engagement was announced, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Mishal Husain. More
The Royal Wedding Singalong (BBC iPlayer)
A week ahead of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Trish Adudu meets the unique choir playing their part in celebrating the Royal Wedding.
The Windsors Royal Wedding Special (All 4)
Channel 4’s hilarious royal satire returns for a wedding-themed special, which sees Harry and Meghan excited about their impending marriage – but first, must take Charles to America to meet Meghan’s mum, Doria. What could possibly go wrong?
Meet the Markles (All 4)
Amelia Dimoldenberg, from online sensation Chicken Shop Date, heads for the US hoping to meet the Markle family and snag an invite to the royal wedding.
When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance (All 4)
The inside story of Meghan Markle, her relationship with Prince Harry, and the astonishing story of her ancestors.
Meghan and Harry: In Their Own Words (My5)
Using clips from interviews, speeches and social media posts this revealing documentary tells the story of how two people from very different backgrounds grew to love each other, and how they managed to withstand the glare from the media spotlight after the news of their relationship broke.
Meghan Markle: The First 100 Days (My5)
An examination of the journey Meghan Markle has taken to become a royal bride-to-be. Starting from the day of her engagement to Harry, then following her first public engagements, royal watchers give their opinion on the impact Meghan is having on the Royal family and the public at large.
Diana to Meghan: Royal Wedding Secrets (My5)
Behind-scenes documentary uncovering how a royal wedding is put together. Exclusive interviews from a host of royal insiders reveal the hidden work and drama the public never see, from engagement to honeymoon.
The Dater’s Handbook (My5)
Meghan Markle stars in this romantic drama about successful businesswoman Cass, whose personal life is a mess. After her sister encourages her to try The Dater’s Handbook, she goes on several dates with eligible men.
Royal Wedding: Looking back at the archives
BFI Player has a free archive of royal weddings past, going all the way back in Britain’s history to 1923, with a five-minute clip of the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II’s future parents, King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. There’s also the 1947 November nuptials featuring Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, spinster, tying the knot with Philip Mountbatten, bachelor, at Westminster Abbey. And, from 1981, news footage of the local impact of Lady Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage upon local communities, as we see residents in Harrow gather to witness the wedding, turning the city into a ghost town.