The Royal Wedding that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19 between Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle and the wedding is easy will cost over $1.4 million. According to CNN Money reports, the security, ceremonial escort for the event and procession by the British Armed Forces will cost the wedding bill significantly. But the question arises here is that who will bear the cost of the wedding? Thames Valley Police is in charge of policing the event at Windsor Castle, which means paying the officers on duty. Will it be the United Kingdom’s taxpayer who has to ultimately bear the majority of the cost especially for the security of the wedding? Also Read - Book 'Finding Freedom: Harry And Meghan And The Making of a Modern Royal Family' to Spill Secrets of British Royal Family
According to Press Association, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the year 2011 cost nearly $ 8.7 million. So this time the wedding cost is much less since it is being held outside London, which means smaller crowd and less complicated logistics. Also Read - Meghan Markle-Harry Share Awwdorable Video of Baby Archie, Read 'Duck! Rabbit!' to Fund COVID-19 Affected Kids
Interestingly, the cost of the wedding is in a lot of arguments because some of the Brits are not happy with taxpayers paying an even minimum amount for the wedding. Also Read - Happy Birthday Archie! Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate Wish One-Year-Old Amid Lockdown
A London-based group that campaigns against the British monarchy, Republic spoke to Alanna Petroff of CNN about the wedding cost paid by taxpayers and said, “Taxpayers should not be funding a private wedding, no matter who is getting married.”
He further said, “A royal wedding is a private, personal event, dressed up as a national occasion. That lets the royals use the wedding as a PR exercise and expects the taxpayer will pay a large part of the costs.” The group Republic has also raised a petition urging the government not to contribute any money for the Royal wedding and the petition had over 32,000 signatures just ahead of the event.
The municipal government is cleaning the statues and fixing the roads in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by spending nearly $3.5 million dollars to ensure the city looks at its best on the big day.
The money will be spent on cleaning up litter, pigeon-proofing statues and fixing potholes in the borough’s road.
A spokesperson of the municipal government told CNN Money that councilors had been planning to make these improvements in the coming year but brought the spending forward after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their wedding.
As per the documents from the December 2017 meeting where the spending was approved showed that just over $1.4 million was funded from external sources.
Talking about the wedding, Kingston Palace said in a statement, “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.”
Mark Niemierko, a celebrity wedding planner said, “The royals don’t spend as much as everyone thinks they do. They’re not the Kardashians.”
“Meghan has probably made a bit of money herself. She will probably pay for her dress herself.” He added.