RUSSIA’s two leading news networks will not be broadcasting the Royal Wedding this weekend reportedly due to the strained relations between Downing Street and the Kremlin.
Channel 1 and Russia 24 have both announced they will not show the event – despite both channels showing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.
Russia 24 is refusing to broadcast the Royal Wedding
According to the BBC, neither channel elaborated on why they were refusing to broadcast an event set to capture the world’s attention on Saturday.
Russian TV critic Irina Petrovskaya speculated the reasons behind the move were political given the fallout from the Skripal poisonings.
She said: “This is an event that people will be watching simply for the reason it is beautiful.
“I cannot see any other explanation for them to cancel the broadcast except for political reasons.
Russia’s Channel 1 is also refusing to show it
AP:Associated Press It’s believed the two networks are not showing the event due to the current political climate
“The Skripal poisoning is still to be resolved.”
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were exposed to a rare Russian nerve agent called Novichok while out in Salisbury on March 5.
British authorities later pointed the finger at the Kremlin, claiming it was almost certainly a state-sponsored assassination attempt.
This kicked off a diplomatic row and Moscow responded with a furious campaign of half truths and lies aimed at undermining the UK’s accusations.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s sister today blasted the bride-to-be for telling her she “can’t speak” ahead of the Royal Wedding.
PA:Press Association Meghan will marry her prince on Saturday
Splash News Signs celebrating the wedding have already been strung up
REUTERS Photos of the loved-up couple have begun to pop up around Windsor