Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement to be married this morning at 10am, ending months of anticipation and starting more months of a different sort of anticipation. We took a look at the social media conversation in the hours immediately after the announcement and can now exclusively reveal that people are definitely talking about this breaking news.
The story was received with much more positivity than negativity, with 36% positivity to 7% negativity (57% neutral). The top 3 trending emotions being expressed in the aftermath of the announcement were “delighted”, “congratulations” and “loved”. The official announcement by Kensington Palace certainly underlined the positivity with a picture of the couple laughing together.
The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/rtlAnFCWTf
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
Looking at emotional reactions, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the overwhelming majority of emotion bearing tweets expressed happiness (67.3%) and love (20.5%). 87.8% of emotional tweets therefore contributed to the overall sense that people were very excited for the couple and the imminent wedding.
'When did you know she was the one?'
Prince Harry: 'The very first time I met her' pic.twitter.com/ecLPVrqjD6
— Jennifer Hassan (@GuinnessKebab) November 27, 2017
Some of that happiness was because of the day off usually associated with royal events. Twitter users were quick to jump to the conclusion that we would all be getting the day off, perhaps unfairly overlooking the real reason for happiness…!
The world: Prince Harry is going to marry Meghan Markle!
The UK: …Do we get the day off? pic.twitter.com/0UBYCIV8bf
— Mark Lankester (@markrlankester) November 27, 2017
As one British institution announced its good news, another offered its congratulations in typically understated style…
Mrs Bird is wondering if she needs to buy a new hat for the Royal Wedding next year. I think I'll keep my own.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) November 27, 2017
Fans of the TV series Suits, in which Meghan Markle stars, were also quick to joke about her ties to Mike in the show and how that might affect her relationship with Prince Harry going forward.
Dear Mike Ross,
— Δ D I Σ L ® (@AdielPy) November 27, 2017
Of course, as Prince Harry is marrying an American woman, there were rumours about who might or might not be invited, including jokes at the expense of someone who recently tweeted about turning down an award from Time magazine…
I will laugh so hard if Barack & Michelle Obama get invited to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding while Trump has to watch it on TV! 😂😂😂
— Purify🗣 (@Purify_toast17) November 27, 2017
— Ginny (@ginnyotte) November 27, 2017
And finally, JOE.co.uk had possibly the most brilliantly original way of flipping the narrative.
BREAKING: Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier https://t.co/TAvRgQNiwC
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) November 27, 2017
Of course, there were some who were less happy with the announcement. When we filtered results to show only those displaying anger (7.4%), the key term used was “stupid”. There was also an article from the Spectator which provoked a backlash as it questioned Meghan Markle’s suitability for Prince Harry, given her past marriage history.
Irresponsible of the media to believe they have the right to tell people who they can and can’t marry. https://t.co/Q0aoE0CEyd
— Nate Higgins 🍉 (@natehiggins) November 27, 2017
It’s clear that the Royal Family are a huge attraction to a worldwide audience, given the vast spread of conversation around the globe. Bearing in mind that we only collected tweets in English there is undoubtedly even more conversation going on around the world as excitement will surely build from now until Spring 2018 when the couple will tie the knot.
And if you want even more coverage of the announcement, watch any news channel or broadcast anytime for the next few days! There’s a special interview tonight on the BBC News though, for those who are really keen.
So @MishalHusainBBC will carry out Harry and Meghan’s engagement interview which will be broadcast at 6pm this evening
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) November 27, 2017
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