The high television ratings for the Royal Wedding does not necessarily mean that this is a huge setback for the Republican movement, despite what figures like Professor David Flint said.
Is there any way to gauge the various reasons why audience numbers were so large?
Since the Royal Wedding was only days ago, surely any comments about why people watched it are based only on assumptions, rather than fact.
Political debates aside, among the millions who watched, is it possible that after months filled with natural disasters, and growing pressures in everyday life, that many were looking for a little magic to lift their spirits?
Notions of 'true love', and a 'real life fairy tale' appeal to many with romantic yearnings. People wanting to look at the fashions, the pageantry of the occasion, and seeing how locations around the city of London looked for the Royal Wedding, could have have been things that drew people to watch, too.