Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell are copping backlash from furious Australians over their TV wedding special.
The pair tied the knot at Australia Zoo on March 25 in front of a handful of guests, just hours before strict coronavirus rules were enforced that would have shut down their venue.
Despite it being an extremely intimate event, fans of the wildlife warriors had been looking forward to seeing them say their vows on the family’s Animal Planet show, Crikey! It’s the Irwins.
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But while the episode just aired on the Animal Planet channel in the US, Bindi – who is the eldest child of the late Steve Irwin – recently shared a tweet revealing it won’t be shown on the Australian Animal Planet channel until July 18, leaving many upset.
Some wrote asking “why” Australia was the last to get the show, behind the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
Others said they were “confused” the show, which was filmed in Queensland, wouldn’t be shown locally for so long, saying they felt “ripped off”.
Chandler has since responded to the backlash, saying “programming is out of our control”.
Bindi, who has long been described as Australia’s sweetheart, previously shared details of her big day on Instagram, where she described the difficult decision the pair made to get married with virtually no guests.
“We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe,” she wrote in a post on her wedding day.
Those who’ve been able to watch it have described the wedding as “emotional”, with many saying it left them in tears.
During the ceremony Bindi and Chandler paid tribute to the late Steve Irwin, known best as The Crocodile Hunter, by lighting a candle.
After Steve died in September 2006, younger brother Robert took on the honour of walking Bindi down the aisle.
The couple’s wedding was live-streamed on 7 News Queensland at Australia Zoo, with a small handful of guests seen at the site via drone footage.
Bindi Irwin was engaged to boyfriend Chandler Powell after he proposed on her 21st birthday at her favourite location in Australia Zoo.
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