PM reveals why there won’t be wedding bank holiday

The sight of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married is enough to “cheer people up” without creating a bank holiday, Theresa May has suggested.

The PM defended her decision not to give the nation a day off for the Royal wedding on a trip to the Middle East.

After calls for the special day to be marked in the same way as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, Mrs May talked down the idea.

Asked whether a bank holiday should be created to cheer up the nation, she told Sky News: “You talk about cheering people up. I think seeing two young people in love (does that).

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“I didn’t see all of the BBC interview, but I saw snatches of it, and that was obvious.

“They’ve given a lot of thought as to what it means to be a modern Royal couple in today’s age.

“I wish them great happiness for the future and I think the country is delighted to see this engagement and collectively we wish them all the very best.”

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A survey by YouGov suggests 38% of people would back another bank holiday for the wedding in May, while 48% think there should not be one.

Some commentators suggested giving workers another day off would have been an unusual move when the Royal wedding news broke on the same day the Government published its industrial strategy.

The document’s main aim was to tackle Britain’s productivity “weakness”.