CBS’ Gayle King among those covering wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Gayle King is having almost as royal a time as a certain princess-to-be.
The “CBS This Morning” co-anchor went to England for last month’s primetime special “Meghan Markle: American Princess,” and she’s going back as one of many correspondents covering the royal wedding of actress Markle and Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19. King will team with “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier for CBS to cover all the pageantry. The network also will air a two-hour recap special that night.
“I’ve loved the royals for a long time,” the lively, friendly King says. “I was the girl who got up to watch Princess Diana get married, because I thought she was so cool. There was just something about her that was so different, so I followed everything about her … from the courtship to the marriage and then, unfortunately, to the funeral.
“To see the video of William and Harry walking behind the casket, I remember thinking, ‘I hope her boys are going to be OK,’ ” King notes. “Now, to see them all grown up, it’s all very exciting to me.”
Also exciting to King is getting to know, at least through her research, the next member of the royal family. “I still have never seen a full episode of ‘Suits,’ ” she admits of the USA Network series on which Markle has co-starred, though she has watched certain scenes “to see her and to hear her voice and to get a sense of her.”
However, King knows the new husband personally: “I met Harry last summer. Google does this retreat every year, and he was there. He was walking around barefoot, very open and welcoming. I sat at a dinner with him, James Corden and James’ producer Ben (Winston). I’m not saying that Harry and I are great pals, but it was fun to spend even a little bit of time with him.”
Famously a “great pal” of Oprah Winfrey, King reflects, “Everybody says this is a different kind of royal family, Harry in particular. He probably will never be on the throne unless something catastrophic happens, but everybody likes him. And they look at William and Kate, and they like them and their kids. Everybody likes a fairy tale, myself included, and this just feels like that to me.”
It may feel more like that to King than to some Britons, from what she sampled on her last trip to England. “I said to the guy taking my passport, ‘Are you as excited about this wedding as we are?’ And he went, ‘No! You Americans are making such a big deal about this. You know what’s exciting? The football championship!’ And I thought, ‘Well, OK. Welcome to England!’ ”