Mon, 27 Aug, 2018
Why Prince Andrew isn't covering the entire cost of Princess Eugenie’s wedding
As Princess Eugenie prepares to marry Jack Brooksbank on October 12, it has been revealed that taxpayers will be footing one expensive part of the wedding bill.
The report from The Mirror claims British taxpayers will be responsible for paying an estimated £2 million (AU$3.5 million) to cover the necessary security for the ceremony.
The security charges are often the most expensive aspect of a royal wedding, with Harry and Meghan’s security costing $52.6 million out of their estimated $56 million nuptials.
Generally, the royal family will cover most aspects of their wedding ceremonies, however, the British public is required to cover the most expensive part of the day, public safety.
The expensive cost of Eugenie’s wedding security has been criticised by some Brits as she is a minor member of the royal family and does not participate in official engagements, like senior royals or her two cousins, William and Harry.
Many believe Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew – who is reportedly worth £65 million – should cover the cost of the wedding if his daughter is demanding pomp and pageantry.
MP Emma Dent Coad told The Mirror: “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.
“This may be the time to review the role and cost of minor royals,” she said.
It is believed that Eugenie’s security fees have more than doubled since the initial estimate.
According to The Mirror, the price spike was caused by “increased terror fears” since the princess first announced her wedding plans in January.
The increased costs reportedly cover officers’ overtime pay, holiday cancellations and requests for extra patrols.