Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s October 12 wedding is set to cost an estimated £2 million (almost AU$3 million) but the bill is being footed by British taxpayers rather than her father Prince Andrew – so why is that?
The royal nuptials were initially expected to cost half of the total amount, but according to the Daily Mirror, security measures have sent the price skyrocketing.
The extra fees will reportedly fund increased police presence due to heightened safety fears and Princess Eugenie’s planned carriage ride.
Unsurprisingly, the eye-watering price sparked widespread criticism with multiple MPs questioning why the royal’s father won’t pay out of his own back pocket.
From the Duke of York’s net worth to the price of past royal weddings, here’s the regal lowdown.
Labour MP Chris Williamson was one of the first to speak out against the cost of Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding and questioned why her father was shying away from the bill.
“There is no need to have such a glamorous event. Prince Andrew – who is fabulously wealthy with an estimated worth of £65m (AU$120m) – should foot the bill himself,” he said in an interview with Sky News.
“Who’s heard of Princess Eugenie anyway?” he added. “She carries no royal functions, no useful purpose to the public sphere and yet we’re having to spend this kind of money.”
Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, also criticised the price of the nuptials.
“In these times of heightened security risks it is irresponsible for a minor member of the royal family to have a high profile, very public wedding,” she said. “This may be the time to review the role and cost of minor royals.”
What is Prince Andrew’s net worth?
Prince Andrew – who is currently seventh in line to the throne – is reportedly worth £65 million.
Meanwhile, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson – who is no longer a member of the royal family – is reportedly worth $1 million – partially courtesy of two autobiographies and a string of television appearances.
Despite divorcing over two decades ago, the former couple also invested in a $24 million chalet in Verbier together back in 2015.
Following their split in 1996, it is believed that their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, received a large sum of money as a consequence.
Princess Eugenie, who works as an associate director at Hauser & Wirth, is reportedly worth £3.6 million while her elder sister sits on a similar sum.
How will Jack and Eugenie’s nuptials compare to other royal weddings?
The average British wedding is estimated to cost $33,000
According to wedding planning website and app Bridebook.co.uk, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 19 wedding reportedly cost over $59 million.
Security measures weighed in at $55 million alone while catering for their 600-strong guest list set them back $528,000. Although it is rumoured that Meghan paid for her Givenchy dress, taxpayers covered the security bill.
But some argue that the pomp and pageantry was to be expected at Prince Harry’s wedding, as his brother’s 2011 nuptials reportedly cost $43.7 million.
Interestingly, the bill was partly funded by the Duchess of Cambridge’s family alongside the Windsor clan.
As for those further down the royal pecking order, Zara and Mike Tindall’s 2011 wedding cost taxpayers $740,000 in security fees.
The decision was met with uproar, as members of the public were not allowed to attend the private nuptials nor was the service televised.
‘s also interesting to note that unlike Princess Eugenie, Zara does not have a royal title yet her wedding was still funded by the public.
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