From the dress to the tiara, bridesmaids and rings; every detail of Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry will be eagerly awaited by royal watchers.
But the biggest question – apart from what role her future niece and nephew will play on the day – is how much will it all cost?
The couple, who got engaged after a year and a half of dating, have already announced that they’ll tie the knot at Windsor Castle in a ‘fun and joyful’ wedding next May, and that the royal family will be footing the sizeable bill.
Wedding planner Hamish Shephard, from UK website Bridebook, is predicting that the total cost of the affair could be upwards of AU$20 million.
The costs will likely be divided into two main sections, the wedding itself, and the security needed to co-ordinate it.
Unlike average weddings, security will be the largest expense by far, with Hamish expecting it to total an eye-watering $18 million. And while the royals have pledged to “pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards”, security will likely be covered by the UK taxpayers.
Meanwhile, the wedding itself is predicted to set the Windsors back $2.7 million, with Hamish predicting their principal expenses will be catering, alcohol and decorations.
“Their wedding will cost almost 100 times the average cost of a wedding,” he said.
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“A beautiful American actress marrying a caring British Prince in a royal castle could easily be a fairytale in itself, so the whole world will be watching and wishing them well.”
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait another five months to see Meghan in white, but it’s already being talked of as the wedding of the decade.
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