Why Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Will Be Bigger Than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s

Princess Eugenie’s upcoming royal nuptials to Jack Brooksbank will be the second royal wedding this year and while no one expected it to compare to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, it’s shaping up to be another huge event. In fact, it will be an even bigger affair in one regard.

We knew that Eugenie’s wedding would be quite different from her cousin’s given her position in the line of succession to the British throne but the princess reportedly wants her day to be even grander.

Here’s the one way she is outdoing Markle and Harry plus everything else we know about the princess’ royal wedding and the controversy surrounding it.

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York | Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival

Largest event at Windsor Castle

Eugenie and Brooksbank’s Oct. 12 union is going to held at the same venue where Markle and Harry wed but they’ll have a lot more people in attendance than the prince and his bride did.

The princess and her fiancé invited 850 guests which is 250 more than the 600 Harry and Markle invited to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. It won’t only be bigger than her cousin’s wedding but it will also be the largest event ever held at the chapel as it only seats 800. Therefore, extra chairs will need to be brought in so that many of the guests won’t have to stand on their feet throughout the entire ceremony.

More star power

While Markle and Harry had several celebrities at their May 19 nuptials, Eugenie has invited even more stars to see her tie the knot. These include some who attended Harry’s wedding like George and Amal Clooney, and the Beckhams but also Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, and Ed Sheeran to name a few.

A source told Vanity Fair that Eugenie believes she “deserves her moment in the spotlight and a big royal wedding with all the frills.” However, she knows her place in the royal family and likely won’t try to outdo her cousin on many other fronts.

“It’s my understanding that Eugenie and Jack decided some time ago that they wanted to get married, and there was some talk about a wedding in 2017, but they had to wait for Harry to go first,” the royal insider said, adding, “Eugenie is very close to Harry, and she knows how the system works.”

The wedding will now be televised

Originally, Eugenie and Brooksbank’s wedding wasn’t going to get anywhere near the type of TV coverage the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had. In fact, the actual ceremony wasn’t even going to be televised until ITV stepped in at the last minute and offered to broadcast it. So instead of just seeing tidbits of it on the nightly news, fans will be able to tune in and see the couple exchange their vows.

The affair will be shown as an extended This Morning special and will begin at 11 a.m. local time.

The controversy surrounding their nuptials

Not everyone is looking forward to Eugenie’s big day though. Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly pay for the reception but the taxpayers will pay for the security which is estimated to costs upwards of £2 million and that has many up in arms. Some 18,000 people have already signed a petition to the House of Commons that Eugenie’s family pay the entire cost.

“It’s a drain on the taxpayers’ pocket,”  said former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe. “A ceremony in the queen’s chapel is fine, but it should end there. A procession is a step too far.”

“Who’s heard of Princess Eugenie anyway?” Chris Williamson, a member of Parliament said in a recent interview. “She carries out no royal functions, no useful purpose to the public sphere and yet we’re having to spend this kind of money. There is no need to have such glamorous events.”

The royal family has not commented on the petition.

Read more: Will Prince Philip Be At Princess Eugenie’s Wedding?

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