LONDON, England — The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be unavoidable this weekend. More than 3 billion worldwide are expected to watch Harry and his American fiancee exchange vows.
Industries across the globe are looking to capitalize on the fervor surrounding the massive event. Some of the products are reasonable, like t-shirts. Commemorative shirts are a popular memento, so, sure, Meghan and Harry shirts make sense.
With most things on the Internet, however, things can get weird in a hurry, and Royal Wedding merchandise is no exception.
Take these Meghan and Harry swimsuits, for instance, from British swimsuit maker Bags of Love. They cost £28.00, roughly $38.00 before international shipping, and are guaranteed to creep out all of the attendees at your Royal Wedding pool party.
Consumers parched for more Royal Wedding gear may enjoy SodaStream's "Royal Edition" water. The limited edition bottles are even topped with Royal Wedding hats!
Only 50 bottles were made, and SodaStream is auctioning them to benefit the “Surfers Against Sewage” charity.
Or how about a tasty burger in honor of the couples exchange of vows? Burger King is cooking one up, complete with two onion rings, symbolizing the rings the betrothed's will give one another.
Ever wanted to "Sparkle Like Markle?" Here's a personalized "inflated orb balloon" from the UK's Bubblegum Balloons. The balloon can be further customized with a unique, personalized message.
Royal enthusiasts can stage their own reenactment of Saturday's ceremony with masks of the Royal Wedding couple. They would also double as a timely couple's Halloween costume.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle life-size cutouts are available through Amazon.com; mini versions are also available. Completionists would also be interested in the life-size Queen Elizabeth II cutout as well. It's $88 on Amazon, and as of Wednesday evening, there's only three left.
To be fair, most of these products are sold by British companies, and they have all the right to go wild over Saturday's wedding. It's their monarchy! But the global mania surrounding the royal wedding is reminiscent of a quote paraphrased from the 1995 movie Jurassic Park:
"We were so preoccupied with whether or not we could, they didn’t stop to think if we should."
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier will anchor CBS News’ live coverage from London beginning at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT.
The network will also present a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on Saturday summing up the day’s events.
CBSN, the network's 24/7 streaming news network, will begin its coverage at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT on Saturday.