The Exact Cost Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Makes Our Eyes Water

No matter how hard you budget for a wedding, it doesn’t take long for the endless orders of flowers, catering, bunting, and bottles of prosecco to make a real dent (or, rather, permanent pothole) in your savings.

For most couples, this may result in cutting down on honeymoon costs, deliberating how close they really are to that great-aunt sat on Table 4, or googling the recovery time of paid clinical trials.

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However, we have a feeling Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s weren’t too concerned with counting their pennies for their nuptials on May 19, which were reportedly watched by two billion people across the world.

After much speculation, the cost of the pair’s big day has finally been revealed. You may want to sit down for this one.

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According to the Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding racked up a £32 million bill, with the majority of the hefty sum (paid for by the taxpayer) going towards security – a whopping £30 million, to be exact. Figures also show that £1.5 million was spent by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

That said, the Royal Family paid for the more personal aspects of the couple’s wedding, such as flowers and reception costs.

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‘As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards,’ Kensington Palace said in a statement about the wedding.

Among the new budget details revealed by Express are:

  • £232,810 for the PA system used to communicate what was happening in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to the public.
  • £1,084,512 for the Windsor and Maidenhead council for ‘stewarding, crowd control barriers, big screens, waste disposal, barriers and associated costs’.
  • £128,714 for private contractors.
  • £3,875 for staff travel and expenses.
  • £2,907 for accreditation passes.
  • £14,081 for flags and banners.

    And after almost five months of rumours, the cost of Meghan’s Givenchy wedding dress has also been revealed.

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    On the day, the former Suits actress wore a bespoke gown designed by the French house’s creative director, Clare Waight Keller, and totalled an estimated £390,000. Meanwhile,Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was said to have only cost about £250,000.

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    The Express adds that Harry and Meghan’s wedding reportedly cost £8 million more than William and Kate’s Westminster Abbey wedding in 2011, with the increase widely believed due to an increased terrorist threat resulting in more money needing to be spent on the security of the royals, guest and the public.

    While the cost of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding may seem ludicrous to some, it’s worth noting their big day was predicted to inject approximately £80m into the country’s economy.

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    Weeks before the wedding, tourist authority VisitBritain predicted close to 50,000 Americans were expected to be among the crowds lining the roads in Windsor. Meanwhile, pubs were given special permission to stay open late, and retailers in London’s shopping district were anticipating a £60m sales boom on the back of tourist spending sprees.

    The Guardian also reported that Airbnb hosts were predicted to rake in £12m from renting out their properties, with residents in Windsor possibly earning £353 from the wedding weekend alone by using the online marketplace to let their properties.

    So, when you think of it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s pricey wedding actually did us Brits a favour!


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