Meghan Markle & Others Who Topped the Google Searches in 2018

It probably doesn’t surprise you — heck, it doesn’t surprise us! — that Meghan Markle was one of the most-Googled people in 2018. But she wasn’t the only famous face who blew up web browsers this year. Here’s a look at the top Google searches for 2018.

Anthony Bourdain speaks onstage during the panel Anthony Bourdain talks with Patrick Radden Keefe at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Shocking celebrity deaths

Business Insider unveiled the top 10 searches for 2018 and revealed that tragedy was a common theme on the list. With a handful of shocking celebrity passings occurring during the calendar year, six of the 10 top searches involved the death of a famous figure.

The shocking suicides of Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Avicii made the list, as well as Mac Miller’s death by overdose in September. The passing of Stephen Hawking at 76 and Stan Lee at 95 also ranked high on the list of Google searches for the year.

World Cup trophy replica

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Sports and politics

You’d probably expect news out of Hollywood to take the top rung on the Google search ladder. (I mean, Black Panther was the most-searched movie of the year after all.) But according to Google, 2018 was the year of the World Cup. Due to its worldwide appeal — and the fact it only takes place every four years — the World Cup became the most-searched Google term of the year.

The mid-term elections also blew up the Google search bar this year. Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was the top-trending politician, according to The Hill. Not surprisingly, the politician who garnered the second-most searches was Beto O’Rourke, who lost the Texas gubernatorial race to Ted Cruz but sparked speculation of a 2020 presidential run in the process. Other top searches included Cruz, Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, and Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel

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All things royal wedding

A royal wedding tends to garner the world’s attention, but nothing snagged headlines quite like the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The British prince and American actress began “secretly” dating — and stoking the rumor mill — back in 2016, but they really grabbed the world’s attention when they announced their engagement in late-2017. Their May 19 wedding was one of the most-watched events of the year, and Markle herself became the sixth-most searched Google topic for 2018.

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