The royal wedding on Saturday got the attention of the whole world; it was under the world’s spotlight. It wasn’t an ordinary event but an upscale event which ate up millions of taxpayer’s money.
Only the 94% of the total wedding’s budget was spent on security and systems including snipers, undercover police, and a counter-UAV system. According to Bridebook, U.K. the estimated spending on these systems were $40.1 million.
However, Kensington Palace released a statement earlier saying that, “The wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Meghan Markle and Prince Harry), the Royal Family will pay for all the core arrangements such as church service, music, decorations, flowers and the reception.”
England based Luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne told CNBC that “Even if you keep the security costs aside and account for the expenses like food and beverage, dresses, flowers, glass marquee will cost about $2.7 million which is roughly 73 times the cost of an average wedding in the UK. However, the royal family announced that it will pay for all the arrangements, “Core Aspects of the Wedding” which includes church services, music, flowers, decorations, reception etc.”
But BBC reported that the 90% of the wedding cost which is spent on security will be paid from taxpayers money.
The Royal Family doesn’t stop there it gets their piece of cake every year in the form of annual Sovereign Grant, the treasury pays this amount directly to the Royal Family of England.
The grant is calculated on a percentage of the profits which comes from Crown Estate Portfolio mainly in London’s West End. The year the percentage calculated reached £82 million.
In 2011, the Royal Marriage of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the public money poured into the wedding cost was $27 million, allowing thousands of extra police officers at the event.