She’s the actress who bagged a prince and will soon become the newest member of our royal family.
Now Google has released statistics which demonstrate the remarkable intensity of the Meghan Markle-mania which swept the nation this year.
The princess-to-be’s name is the top Google search term of 2017 in the UK, followed by the iPhone 8 and Hurricane Irma.
The iPhone 8 was believed to be the name of Apple‘s flagship smartphone, which was later named the iPhone X and released to critical acclaim and commercial success.
Big news events also feature on Google’s list, with people searching for information about the Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower followed by spikes in search interest for volunteering and donating to charities to help the victims.
Fidget spinners also proved wildly popular, coming in at fourth place.
The top Google search terms of 2017 in the UK
- Meghan Markle
- iPhone 8
- Hurricane Irma
- Fidget spinner
- Manchester bombing
- Grenfell Tower
- 13 Reasons Why
- Tara Palmer Tomkinson
- Shannon Matthews
- iPhone X
Google also released a list of the ‘ how to’ questions people asked it this year.
The top query was ‘how to make slime‘, which is squishy, gooey stuff that’s become a playground craze.
People also wanted to know how to make a Yorkshire pudding, build a fidget spinner and, predictably, stay young.
British searchers also wanted to know what a hung parliament was and also wanted clarification about the Antikythera mechanism, which is often referred to as ‘the world’s first computer’.
The UK also wanted to know what on earth a pangolin is. You can click here to find out (spoiler: it’s an animal that’s been described as looking like a ‘scaly anteater’).
The top 'how to' questions people asked Google this year
1. How to make slime?
2. How to buy Bitcoin?
3. How to stay young?
4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor?
5. How to watch Joshua vs Klitschko?
6. How to mine Bitcoins?
7. How to make Yorkshire pudding?
8. How to make a fidget spinner?
9. How to vote in the general election?
10. How to lose belly fat fast?
What people asked Google during 2017
UK Top Trending ‘What Is’ Queries
1. What is a hung parliament?
2. What is an exit poll?
3. What is the Confederations Cup?
4. What is Bitcoin?
5. What is the Antikythera mechanism?
6. What is a pangolin?
7. What is a general election?
8. What is waterboarding?
9. What is the DUP?
10. What is Pink’s real name?
Google’s lists also reveal that the TV show with the most interest was 13 Reasons Why, followed by I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Big Brother and Game of Thrones.
The top films were Beauty and the Beast, It and Dunkirk while the UK’s top trending recipe queries were for chilli con carne, spaghetti bolognese, beef bourguignon, beef stroganoff and hot cross buns.
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