>> Since Britain's Prince Harry announced his engagement to US actor, Meghan Markle, in November last year, barely a day has passed without a mention of their wedding in newspapers, TV, and online in the UK and globally. More than 5,000 media staff have registered for official positions in Windsor where the wedding takes place this Saturday.
But there's one question few in the media are asking. Does the public actually care? At this pub in Windsor, the excitement is palpable.>> I think it's all. Really I think it's the tradition, I think it's being part of something else, part of being British, that's pretty.>> But head further afield and you start hearing a different view.
A survey by Opinium Research last week showed only 38% of Britons plan to tune in for the event.>> I don't think it's significant in this day and age anymore. Royal family, people born into just richness, it's not really necessary in this day and age in my personal opinion.
>> Well, I think all the money that's spent on that kind of thing is suspect, really. If you're talking about spending taxpayers' money.
>> Come on.>> Around 2 billion people were said to have watched the wedding of Harry's older brother, William, to wife, Kate, in 2011, with five and a half thousand street parties.
This time around no government department could provide expected audience figures and officials said there would be far fewer parties. Graham Smith of the anti-monarchy campaign group, Republic, says that reflects a gulf of difference between media portrayal of the royal family and public opinion.>> It's a media story, everyone knows this is a media story, but the vast majority of this country and around the world are not watching, don't care, and will be just getting on with their lives as normal.
>> That said, the royal family needn't worry about holding onto their thrones. The opinion survey also found 61% of Britons want to keep the monarchy compared to 25% who would like to turn the UK into a republic.