How royal costs ‘only going UP’ amid Meghan’s claims her wedding brought in £1billion

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Meghan and Harry claimed in their High Court battle against Associated Newspapers earlier this month that the income from their 2018 wedding “far outweighed” the taxpayers’ contribution to security. The Royal Family did contribute towards the wedding but most of the £32million total cost was from the public purse. The Duchess of Sussex’s lawyers also suggested that their nuptials were “not, in fact, publicly funded, but rather personally financed by HRH The Prince of Wales”.

Meghan and Harry claimed their big day brought in an estimated £300million in public relations, £250million for retail and restaurants, £150million for fashion and £50million in merchandise.

In total, the couple suggested the event raised £1.05billion towards UK tourism.

This defied previous estimates, and appeared to be more than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, which was predicted to bring in approximately £620million.

Team Sussex also came under fire for spending £2.4million of the taxpayer’s money refurbishing their UK home, Frogmore Cottage — although they have promised to pay that back now they have moved abroad.

However, this cost was mentioned in a report by from 2019 as one of the reasons for the increase in public spending.

The report read: “Taxpayers in the United Kingdom are paying more money than ever for the Royal Family. The latest Sovereign Grant accounts show that the monarchy cost £67million in 2018-19 – a 41 percent increase on the previous financial year.”

In contrast, back in 2012, the Royal Family cost the public purse £32.4million.

The report continued: “One interesting aspect of the accounts is that Frogmore Cottage cost £2.4million of public money to renovate.

“The official residence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cottage was given to the couple as a gift by the Queen.”

Yet, it was not just the cost of the royal wedding and Frogmore Cottage that pushed up the total cost.

The maintenance and renovation of Buckingham Palace also bumped up the bill significantly.

Statista’s report, from January this year, explained: “Buckingham Palace’s electrical, heating and plumbing systems all date from the 1950s and are in urgent need of replacement.

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“As part of a 10-year renovation plan, wiring and pipework will be replaced while asbestos will be removed from the building.

“New elevators will also be installed to assist disabled visitors.

”The complexity and duration of the work will ensure that the next financial year will also be expensive for taxpayers with the Sovereign Grant expected to rise to £85.7 million.”

Sky News also noted that the cost of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate’s activities totalled £5.05million from 2018 to 2019.

Charles’ non-official expenditure totalled £3.16million, which was a rise of £155,000 in the year the Sussexes married according to the broadcaster.

The official cost of the Prince of Wales’ London office and official residence of Clarence House, also reached £668,000.

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