icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Royal grumble: Taxpayers to shell out £2mn for minor princess’ wedding

Royal grumble: Taxpayers to shell out £2mn for minor princess’ wedding
Months after Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at a cost of £32 million, taxpayers are once again being tapped for another royal wedding – this time that of the relatively unknown Princess Eugenie to a guy called Jack.

According to the Mirror, £2 million is set to be spent on security alone, amid fears that the wedding of the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena, to Jack Brooksbank could be targeted by terrorists.

Extra armed-police will be on hand to oversee the wedding on October 12. Brooksbank works as a brand ambassador for George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila brand while Princess Eugenie is ninth in line to the throne despite having no royal duties. The couple are set to marry in the St George’s hall in Windsor castle, the same venue where Prince Harry and Markle married in May.

Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew has reportedly demanded a wedding on the scale of his nephew Harry’s big day. A royal source told the Mirror: “The Duke of York has insisted his daughter’s wedding must be a huge occasion to be remembered and wants everyone to get on board to celebrate the happy couple.”

The bloated security budget is largely due to the couple’s wish to ride an open-top carriage through the streets of Windsor. Scores of police officers will now have to be deployed along the route.

Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington – where Eugenie and Jack live – told the paper: “In these times of heightened security risks, it’s 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.”

Speaking to the paper, Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, said: “It really is an outrage when you’ve got people sleeping rough and gripped by poverty that people are indulging in this conspicuous consumption.

“They are as far as it’s possible to be from being real, normal people. No-one else gets their wedding paid for by the public purse and they’ve got the resources to do it themselves.”

Police reportedly know of no threats or any planned republican protests.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.