The royal wedding between Prince Harry and his princess Meghan Markle, recorded more than six million tweets yesterday on the popular social media platform, Twitter. This is more than three times the number during his older brother’s wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday.
Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said.
That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011 when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy.
The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message:
“One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince. Unreal.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle in a royal wedding like no other, mixing British pomp and African-American culture in front of a celebrity congregation and cheering crowds.
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows in St. George’s Chapel in a historic ceremony, sealed with a kiss, which brought the biracial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.
As more than 100,000 people packed the sun-baked Windsor streets and millions watched worldwide, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family were joined inside by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Elton John, George Clooney and David Beckham.
The couple held hands throughout and exchanged vows in a Church of England service modified to reflect the bride’s heritage and strong sense of independence.
Firebrand US pastor Michael Curry delivered a full-throttle address invoking slaves and the power of love, and a gospel choir sang classics “Stand By Me” and “This Little Light of Mine”.
Markle began her walk down the aisle alone with her 10 bridesmaids and page boys walking behind her flowing white silk dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller at the French fashion house Givenchy.
Her father had been due to meet her half-way but after he pulled out due to heart surgery, Harry’s father Prince Charles stepped in to escort her to the altar.
Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, looked visibly moved during the wedding.
With the words “I will”, 33-year-old Harry, and US former actress Meghan, 36, declared they would love, comfort, honour and protect each other.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby declared them husband and wife — sparking huge cheers from crowds outside the church, watching on big screens.
The bride’s father Thomas Markle also followed the wedding on television and voiced regret he was unable to attend, TMZ reported.
“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there,” he told the US celebrity news website.