ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - There's plenty of pomp and circumstance surrounding Saturday's royal wedding in the United Kingdom, but the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is even having an impact in the United States.
“I think it’s just because it’s Harry, ya know? William and Harry are really popular,” says John Anson, from his British Shoppe in Orlando.
Anson has had his store of English goods for twelve years, so this wedding isn't his first royal rodeo, but so far, it’s his most successful. He says sales for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding were nothing compared to this go around.
“It was good for us as well, but nowhere as good as this has been. Surprisingly enough, it's been, I think, about a 50 percent increase in sales due to the wedding for this weekend."
Anson says the most popular items like mugs with Harry and Meghan's face on them sold out within days of putting them on store shelves three weeks ago. It's been so hectic, he says there's only one way to describe it.
“Mad! I haven't sat down all day today. The last week-and-a-half, two weeks, has been really busy."
Anson isn't the only one benefiting from the royal nuptials. Business website MarketWatch.com is estimating the royal wedding will have a £1.05 billion, or $1.43 billion, impact on the U.K., with people spending money on everything from tourism to fashion to dining and of course merchandise.
While the impact here at home won't be nearly as great, Anson says he's happy to supply all the English delicacies for the many local wedding watch tea party's taking place Saturday morning.
“We have sausages, bacon, blood pudding, white pudding. We have crumpets."
The royal wedding is scheduled to take place at 7 a.m. EST on Saturday May 19.