Meghan Markle Reportedly Feels Her Wedding Was Worth Tax Payer Dollars — And She’s Not Wrong

One of the big debates about the royal family is if they deserve all the money taxpayers provide them.

On one side of this debate, there are people who believe that the entire royal family is an outdated throwback to a bygone era and that taxpayers should no longer have to foot the bill for the lavish lifestyles of royalty. On the other side, there are those who believe that the royal family is a cherished and time-honored part of British culture and that the expense is worth it.

Finally, there is a practical perspective that simply argues the royal family brings in more revenue than they cost, making them a financial asset — regardless of one’s personal feelings about it. 

Now that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have bucked tradition and taken a step away from their royal duties, the debate has centered on the expense of their royal wedding. 

Taxpayers contribute a lot to royals 

The British taxpayers are definitely helping to support the lavish lifestyles of the royal family. This is one of the reasons they feel entitled to information about their personal lives. After all, they’re the ones who paid for them to live in those homes and build these lives. 

The priciest royal family members might not be who you’d expect, however. While the tabloids have often focused on Prince Harry and Meghan to highlight their excess, it is actually Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who have cost taxpayers the most.

The travel budget is a large portion of the expenses the public covers, and Prince Charles and Camilla ate up nearly half of that all on their own. These expenses were justified, at least according to a royal aide, because Prince Charles is such an important ambassador: “His overseas travel was at the behest of the Foreign Office who realizes he is a terrific ambassador for Britain.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had an extravagant wedding

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When Prince Harry and Meghan were married in May 2018, it was an extravagant event. Of course, that’s to be expected for royal family members as the wedding is also a very public cause for celebration and a major draw for tourism.

The wedding took place at Windsor Castle, which was free for the royal family to use, but the cost of securing and decorating was around $500,000. Meghan’s dress — one of the most expensive in royal history — was an astounding $420,000. The catering alone cost a staggering $400,000. 

All told, the event cost around $35.7 million. Obviously, that’s an enormous expense — and it far surpassed Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, which came in around $26 million. Thinking about this price tag and knowing that the royal pair exited from their public duties not long after tying the knot, there are some who are outraged at having paid for such a lavish event. 

Meghan defends her wedding expense

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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It’s hard to argue that the wedding wasn’t expensive for the adoring public, but was it really money poorly spent? Even though Meghan and Prince Harry decided to step away from their royal duties in order to protect their privacy and focus on their family, the wedding itself was still a tremendous draw for tourism. 

In fact, newly revealed court documents show just how much the wedding earned for the British public. “The Duchess’s lawyers allegedly state that the royal wedding generated £1bn in tourism revenue, thus far outweighing the cost to the taxpayer,” the report explains.

This is the equivalent of $1.24 billion dollars. If those numbers hold true, there is no question that the wedding was a smart investment for the British public, and Meghan and Prince Harry — who were on display as much as they got to enjoy their big day — helped bring in a lot of money.