Prince Phillip’s funeral was seen by two million more British viewers than an interview with Prince Harry and Prince Megan’s Opla.


Inspiring funeral viewership on Saturday suggests that the glitz and pageant of set-piece royal events remains a great public desire-Samir Hussein / WireImage

Inspiring funeral viewership on Saturday suggests that the glitz and pageant of set-piece royal events remains a great public desire-Samir Hussein / WireImage

The· Funeral of Prince Edinburgh It attracted more viewers than the interview with the Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Oprah Winfrey.

The one-hour service, which airs live on Saturdays between 3 pm and 4 pm, was watched by 11 million people on the BBC, 2.1 million people on ITV, and about 450,000 people on Sky.

By comparison, Interview with Oprah Winfrey of Sussexes, which was screened in the UK on ITV in March It was watched by a peak of 8 12.4 million viewers.

Number of viewers on Saturday Inspiring funeral It suggests that the glitz of the royal set-piece event and the great public desire for pageants remain.

Last year, royalty were rarely seen in public, and coronavirus restrictions canceled all major social calendar events.

Audience figures also show the level of love and respect for the Duke, which has been constantly fixed in the lives of several generations.

Buckingham Palace urged people to stay home, forcing thousands of people who might have traveled to London and Windsor to watch the procession along the street from a distance.

The BBC spent almost four hours on a funeral led by veteran broadcaster Huw Edwards.

According to the BBC, viewing peaked shortly after 3:00 pm when the ceremony began, with 11.3 million viewers.

The interview, which attracted an average of 6.6 million viewers, began at 12:30 pm, with guests such as Sir David Attenborough, Giles Brandless, and Alan Titchmarsh joining Edwards and dying on April 9 at the age of 99. I shared the memories of the late Duke. ..

Edwards concludes his interview at 4:15 pm, reflecting “inspiring service” including “a very dignified, sharp and stylish military procession that symbolizes all that is essential to the longevity of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” Did.

“He has now slept peacefully in the royal vault under the St. George’s Chapel, fought well, finished the race, and kept his faith,” he added.

Prior to the event, Edwards wrote to the spectator: “The four-hour live broadcast, watched by millions of viewers, focuses on accuracy and tone.

“Most of the people who give advice online, as expected, have never been obliged to do so, but they are grateful anyway.”

The company received 110,000 complaints about Duke’s death after clearing the schedule and making mirrored coverage on BBC One, BBC Two, and the news channel.

Complaints were the highest ever published in the UK for a television show, making his death report the most dissatisfied show in BBC history.

ITV spent more than three hours at the funeral, featuring guests including Philip’s granddaughter India Hicks, anchored by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham.

Channel 4 showed an episode of the reality show Four In A Bed, and Channel 5 aired the movie A Knight’s Tale starring Heath Ledger.

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