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What do Meghan Markle and fidget spinners have in common?

So what do Meghan Markle and fidget spinners have in common? If you guessed that they are both two of the most searched terms on Google UK in 2017, you are correct.

In fact, Meghan Markle, who will wed Prince Harry on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle, was the top search in the United Kingdom, and the fifth globally. The next person on the top ten searches list for the UK was Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who passed away earlier this February, and came in at the eighth spot.

This is not the first time Meghan Markle has made the Google year-end list. In 2016, after her royal romance was revealed that fall, she skyrocketed up the Google search terms and found herself at the top of the list then – beating out both new UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Donald Trump, who had won the United States presidential election that November.

Meghan Markle came in second on Google Canada’s most searched terms, beaten out by Hurricane Irma.

Rounding out the top ten UK searched terms were the iPhone 8, Hurricane Irma, fidget spinners, the Manchester Bombing, the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Shannon Matthews, and the iPhone X.

Globally, Meghan Markle was only beaten by Hurricane Irma, which was the top search, and then the iPhone 8, the iPhone X, and Matt Lauer, respectively.

During her engagement interview last month, Meghan Markle spoke of the interest in her and her relationship with Prince Harry, saying that “I’ve never been in pop culture to that degree, and lived a relatively quiet life even though I focused so much on my job.

“But, and I think we were just hit so hard at the beginning with a lot of mistruths that I made the choice not to read anything, positive or negative.”

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.