If the royal wedding had a real winner (aside from, you know, the bride and groom themselves) it was undisputedly David Beckham, whose arrival at Windsor Castle managed to reignite a million dormant crushes and let Twitter users get on with what they do best: laying aside any differences and uniting in mutual, undiluted thirst. ‘David Beckham is like a fine wine. He just gets better with age,’ one user mused (while the less eloquent among us just reached for the fire emoji). We’re yet to find a better explanation of the Beckham phenomenon than a tweet from Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, sent a whole 48 hours after Harry and Meghan’s big day, writing: ‘I like that David Beckham looked SO fit at the Royal Wedding that he’s still trending just from people saying “Phwoarrrr he’s well fit.”’ In all seriousness, has anyone ever managed to make a morning suit (ie. the sort of get-up that can often make lesser mortals look like enthusiastic bit-players at a Downton Abbey convention) look so good? And has the mere act of putting on and taking off a pair of sunglasses ever been so photogenic?
It seems that we were far from the only ones to get a bit… distracted by Beckham’s royal wedding cameo. New stats unveiled by Pornhub, who are the latest brand to investigate how the wedding impacted upon their business with some handy PR-able stats, reveal that searches for the term ‘David Beckham’ soared by 3440 percent during the televised event. Yes, that’s three thousand, four hundred and forty percent.
Despite the Beckham effect, global traffic to the site actually dropped off by 10 percent once the wedding ceremony began, falling by 21 percent in the United Kingdom and six percent in the United States. In the days following the wedding, searches containing the term ‘royal’ have increased by 1,865 percent. Seems like the overlap on the Venn diagram of Pornhub users and royal wedding aficionados is more extensive than we'd assumed...
Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer
Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.