John Oliver has some pretty bleak advice for Meghan Markle about her wedding
While the Royal Family are a big deal for us Brits, it can sometimes seem like the rest of the world is way more obsessed with them than we are. Simply walk past Buckingham Palace at any time of the day and it's crawling with tourists with selfies sticks, striking peace poses among the many disgruntled London commuters.
One nation that seems particularly enamoured with the Royals, is America. American news channels love them, American tourists swan over to Britain regularly and any mention of a Royal wedding, baby, or scandal is more than likely to cause a stir on the other side of the pond.
But while it may seem like everyone in the UK is gearing up for the wedding of Harry and Meghan, entertainer John Oliver has managed to eloquently capsulate how a large proportion of British people feel towards the ceremony.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, John and Stephen spoke about a variety of different subjects, eventually getting to the topic of the Royal Wedding, which led to Stephen asking:
"Being English you must be really excited about the royal wedding?"
To which John replied:
While the audience laughed at John's bluntness, he went on to explain that he wouldn't blame Meghan Markle if 'she pulls out of this at the last minute.'
"I don't think you need to have just seen the pilot episode of The Crown to get a basic sense she might be marrying into a family that could cause her some emotional complications"
When pressed as to whether the current crop of Royals are any better than their predecessors, John answered:
"They're an emotionally stunted group of fundamentally flawed people doing a very silly pseudo-job – that's what she's marrying into. So, I hope she likes it. It's going to be weird for her."
The conversation then turns to the subject of knighthoods and the fact that John has more than likely scuppered his chances of ever receiving one through his comments. Colbert asks Oliver:
"If you see other performers or comedians get a knighthood, do you think... what the f**k are you doing?"
John replies, saying that "it's just weird to kneel in front of another adult".
"It's a bit strange, it's an odd thing to still have. I like royal weddings, I also like fireworks. It's a spectacle, they're both nice to look at."
To finish the entertaining conversation and remaining on the subject of royal tradition, Stephen asks John whether 'kiss the ring' has a different connotation in the UK compared to the US. The term refers to the traditional kiss of the Queen's hand at formal events. After a long pause and much laughter, John says:
"Historically, the Prime Minister, who would have to have tea with the King every week would have to end that tea time by puckering up and kissing the King on his exposed a******.
Do you think that's got my [knighthood] invitation back?"
I think you can probably cross a knighthood off your list, John. Who knows, maybe John is on to something, maybe Meghan will do a runner at the last minute. What a story that would be!