Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding draws nearly 30 million viewers in the U.S.

Approximately 29.2 million people tuned into Saturday’s ceremony, up from the 22.7 million that watched William and Kate’s big day in 2011.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, kiss after their wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle near London on May 19. (Ben Stansall)

Approximately 29.2 million people tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, according to Nielsen estimates. That’s more than the 22.7 million who tuned in to watch Harry’s older brother Prince William marry his longtime love Kate Middleton in 2011.

Nielsen estimated 23.4 million households tuned in for Saturday’s festivities, also up from the 18.6 million households that watched the 2011 royal wedding.

Saturday’s ceremony, which took place at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, was broadcast live on 15 U.S. networks from about 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Eastern time. Those networks included ABC (and the simulcast on sister network Freeform), BBC America, CBS, CNN, CNNe, E!, Fox News Channel, HLN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, TLC and Univision.

By comparison, Prince William’s 2011 nuptials were carried live on 11 networks from about 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Eastern time.

In 1981, 14.2 million households watched Prince Charles marry Harry and William’s mother Lady Diana Spencer across three networks. (Total viewership numbers were not available for the 1981 wedding.) In 2005, just 3.3 million households tuned in to see Charles say “I do” again when he married Camilla Parker Bowles.

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