GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) — There will be watch parties starting early in the morning throughout the US for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with the ceremony starting at 7 a.m. Eastern time.
In Grandview, NBC4 found a home decorated in bunting and a Union Jack for the Royal Wedding.
But John and Bridget Drewett said they are playing it much more low-key in their Gahanna home.
The Drewetts grew up in Buckinghamshire, England, the same area American Meghan Markle is staying the night with her mother at Cliveden House Hotel, about nine miles from Windsor Castle.
The Drewetts said they have lived in America since 1964 when he came here to work for Jaguar. They said they haven’t lost their love or respect for the crown.
“I think the royal family is the backbone of England,” John Drewett said. “The royal family now is more in the public’s view than when we were young.”
NBC4 asked which of them was more excited about the royal wedding.
“I would say he is!” Bridget said.
“Yes I am!” John responded. “He wants to get up at 3 o’clock I think, yes. I want to get up at six,” she said. “I will definitely be glued there. I have great respect for them,” he said.
Bridget said she will be looking for specific things during the broadcasts.
“What people are wearing – the silly hats – what she looks like, what the dress is like. And I will be interested in whether they get into what opinions they have,” she said.
Both said they aren’t letting time get in the way of their excitement.
“Oh I wish we were there, no I don’t wish we were there, ha ha,” Bridget said. “Yes definitely I wish we were there. We would probably see more on television than going there,” John said.
“I think the royal family is respected more than the government in this country,” John said.
Bridget said they are British citizens and will always stay that way, although their daughter came to America as a one year old and speaks with an American accent. Both of her parents retained their distinctive British accent.