There’s going to be a second royal wedding this year, but it comes with a hefty bill that tax payers are less than pleased to be paying. Princess Eugenie is set to marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank on October 12, with the couple opting for the ceremony to take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same chapel where Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry married Meghan Markle earlier this year. But with threats from terrorist attacks on the rise in England, the security detail for Eugenie’s wedding has ballooned to £2 million, a bill the tax payers must pay.
Is now a good time to note that Princess Eugenie is ninth in line to the throne and carries no royal duties?
Princess Eugenie (28) and Brooksbank (31), announced their engagement in January after eight years of dating.
Brooksbank, who works for George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila company, has invited his famous boss to the wedding, with Clooney likely to attend with wife Amal. The couple are expected to have several famous friends make up their 350-person guest list, including models Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford, musicians Ellie Goulding, James Blunt and Robbie Williams, and of course members of the royal family. Eugenie’s sister Beatrice will act as maid of honour, while William and Kate’s children George and Charlotte will act as page boy and flower girl.
With the couple planning a carriage ride down Windsor High Street, the wedding that was initially set to cost £750,000 has more than doubled, with extra security officers and payment of overtime required for the procession through the streets. Although the bride and groom’s families are paying for the actual wedding, the security bill is covered by tax payers, leaving many outraged.
She has no public duties, her dad’s raking it in, and we pay £2 million for her ‘royal’ wedding? This is one of the richest families in the UK, which lives off the state. Grow up royalists. See the light, Stop hanging on to childhood fairy tales.
— Yasmin alibhai-brown (@y_alibhai) August 17, 2018
Expecting austerity Britain to pay £2m for #EugenieWedding is outrageous, especially in the context of the higher priority of citizens who are homeless, rely on food banks, & when we can’t afford critical services. The Queen needs to shake that magic money tree in Cayman Islands. https://t.co/sB3IFbrUST
— Nicola James 💚 #JC9, yes 9 (@NAJ562) August 17, 2018
Totally agree about the security fee for #Eugeniewedding its a total misuse of money. As for the royals in general, thats part of our culture and history, which must be accepted by anyone who moves here.
— Wesley van Sax (@VikingWez) August 18, 2018
This is what gives the royals a bad name… outrageous #Eugeniewedding
— crystaltips (@sj22) August 17, 2018
Although it’s easy to understand the upset over the cost of security for the wedding, it can also be argued that Princess Eugenie’s wedding may bring added tourism to the U.K., which is good for business. We think this Twitter user may have the best idea on how to get everyone on board with the royal nuptials.
I don’t mind paying towards Eugenies wedding 👰 (who?) on the conditions that her family pay for every taxpayer to be invited and it’s a free bar & a new bank holiday & a full gold sovereign coin is minted in honour and distributed to everyone in the 🇬🇧 uk #Eugeniewedding
— Major Tom 🌎🇵🇸🇮🇪🇿🇦🇾🇪☘️🔮 (@TheMajorTom7) August 18, 2018