Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Will Cost $42 Million ... And Guess Who's Footing the Bill?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Will Cost $42 Million ... And Guess Who's Footing the Bill?

From the cake to security, there's quite a bill for the royal wedding.

By Marianne Garvey

Yes, you read that right — $42 million dollars. 

Personal Space called in the biggest expert when it comes to the Royal Family, William Hanson, who told us all the things we didn't know about what goes on during the big day — like rules for Meghan and the royal traditions. 

"Meghan must remember to curtsy to The Queen when she arrives at the head of the nave of the chapel," Hanson explained to Personal Space. "This is something The now Duchess of Cambridge forgot to do (although she did remember to do it on the way out). I am sure nerves were to blame — with 2.4 billion people watching. That said Meghan is currently an American citizen and so does not have to curtsy to The Queen but she has curtsyed to Her Majesty at other events before, such as Christmas at Sandringham. So a precedent has been established."

Hanson also described how exactly Harry will arrive. And, P.S. for those attending, please stop talking to him. 

"Usually grooms and their best man arrive at the church through a side door but for royal weddings it is the custom for them to walk through the cathedral/chapel/abbey and greet and acknowledge the guests. Prince Harry, however nervous, needs to remember to be as charming as usual to the assembled throng — but equally the guests need to make sure they say very little more than just a ‘good morning, Your Royal Highness’ and not engage in a proper conversation."

The wedding will be smaller in scale to Prince William's, but it's every bit as exciting. The service, music, dinner, cake, flowers, decorations, and reception will be paid for by the royal family.

"The event is a big event and the British are slowly catching up with their media and the Americans, who seem to be almost at fever pitch about the whole day," Hanson said. "It will be a smaller scale event than 2011 due to Prince Harry’s position in the line of succession (now sixth) in relation to his brother’s (second). The wedding itself will feel and look different from 2011 — and rightly so. This will help people not compare and contrast it quite so much. But key moments that those watching on TV will be looking for (balcony kiss, for example) won’t happen as the wedding isn’t in London but is at Windsor and there is no balcony available. Although I’d imagine the couple will kiss on the stairs outside the chapel upon leaving the service.

"My key piece of advice - especially to excitable Americans watching - is please don’t think that the smaller scale is anything to do with Meghan. It’s not a snub on her due to her being divorced, American or mixed race.  It is due to Prince Harry’s status — not hers.  Harry could be marrying a white, British virgin and the same sort of scale of wedding would be taking place."

Here are some of the things we know so far:

The big day is May 19, 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19, 2018, and already the two are bucking tradition.

The wedding day, a Saturday, goes against royal tradition, as the family usually reserves a weekday for family weddings. Prince William and Kate Middleton wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday. Royal watchers say the date may have been chosen in order to give the Duchess of Cambridge time to recover after the birth of Prince Louis.

The bars will stay open late.

Although the public was given a day off to celebrate the weddings of Prince Charles to Princess Diana in 1981, and Wills and Kate in 2011, Harry and Meghan’s Saturday nuptials assures many people already have the day off to celebrate — and drink. Pubs will remain open past 1 a.m. so non-guests can celebrate anyway.

There will be no wedding presents.

What do you get the couple who has everything? Nothing. The duo have requested that guests skip the wedding gifts and donate to the following: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), Crisis (a UK-based homelessness charity), the Myna Mahila Foundation (a charity that supports women in Mumbai's urban slums), Scotty's Little Soldiers (which helps bereaved Armed Forces children), StreetGames (a foundation using sport to change lives), Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK (which promotes the enjoyment of wild nature).

Location, location, location.

St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is already being prepped for security and a 12 p.m. ceremony. The venue seats 800 and an additional 400 will be seated outside. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the “I do’s” and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate. After the service, a horse and carriage procession will take the two from the chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.

The night before.

Harry and Meghan will spend the night before the wedding apart, as royal tradition asks. They will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle.

The day of.

There’s been major drama surrounding who and who is not invited to Meghan’s big day, What we know for sure on the morning of the wedding, her mom, Doria Ragland, will accompany Meghan to Windsor Castle.

As for Harry, Kensington Palace confirmed: "In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as best man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother's family in his wedding. All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day." Hymns directed by James Vivian, director of music at St George’s Chapel, will be sung throughout the ceremony.

Who’s paying?

As noted above, the royal family is footing the bill and, according to the U.K.'s Express, the wedding will be one of the top 10 most expensive weddings of all time. "The majority of the money would be spent on ramping up security, which may include snipers, undercover police and military technology," they report. 


It’s a lemon elderflower number made by Violet Bakery, with garden roses and peonies from the gardens of Windsor Park scattered atop.

Say cheese.

Famed fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski will take the official photographs at Windsor Castle.

After the party, it’s the afterparty.

The reception will be held at St. George's Hall. Later that night, Prince Charles will hold a private reception with close friends and family members in attendance at an undisclosed location.

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