Meghan claims that Britain made a profit from her marriage to Prince Harry
The Duchess of Sussex has alleged that her royal marriage to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle generated more than £ 1 billion in tourism revenue for Britain.
Meghan Markle also said in May 2018, the government portfolio’s revenues “ far outweigh ” the contribution of taxpayers’ money to the security of the crowd.
The claim was made in the latest documents released as part of her Supreme Court battle against The Mail On Sunday over an article containing parts of a letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
British taxpayers contributed to the estimated £ 32 million in costs for the wedding, although the church service, flowers and reception were paid for by the royal family.
Most of the estimated amount – £ 30 million – was funded by the taxpayer and was mainly spent on security measures, including costs of protecting Windsor with heavy police presence, mass surveillance and restrictions on businesses.
Prince Harry and Meghan after their wedding at Windsor Castle in Berkshire on May 19, 2018
Meghan’s legal team said they had already confirmed that she was “a working member of the royal family and to some degree publicly funded.”
Her lawyers also said the royal wedding was “in fact not government-funded, but rather personally funded by HRH The Prince of Wales” – Harry’s father Prince Charles.
The submission added, “All public costs incurred for the wedding were solely for security and crowd control to protect members of the public, as deemed necessary by the Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police.”
However, consultancy Brand Finance previously estimated that the royal wedding would boost British tourism by just £ 300 million.
The experts said at the time of the wedding that the £ 1 billion figure would only be reached if other sectors of the economy, such as retail and fashion, were included.
Harry and Meghan drive an Ascot Landau after their wedding ceremony in Windsor in 2018
The UK’s total economy was estimated at £ 1.05 billion, including £ 300 million in public relations, £ 250 million for retail and restaurants, £ 150 million for the fashion industry and £ 50 million in merchandise.
Experts at Bridebook, who had calculated the wedding cost of £ 32 million, also found that Meghan’s dress, flowers, food and drink amounted to nearly £ 1 million.
They said 20 silver plated trumpets would announce that the event would come in for £ 90,000 and the glass party tent for the evening reception would cost £ 300,000.
Violet Bakery’s lemon elderflower pie in East London was estimated at £ 50,000, while flowers at Windsor Castle cost around £ 110,000.
Harry and Meghan wave as they ride through Windsor in a carriage after their wedding
Other costs borne by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport included approximately £ 230,000 on a PA system and £ 4,000 on travel and personnel expenses.
The government also paid £ 1,084,512 to the council for “flight attendants, crush barriers, large screens, waste disposal, barriers and associated costs”.
The VisitBritain tourist authority also estimated that about 50,000 Americans were in the crowd along the roads in Windsor and enjoyed the London atmosphere for the wedding.
Retailers in the capital had expected sales growth of £ 60 million from tourism spending.
Mugs featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are for sale in Windsor. The royal wedding is said to have boosted the economy in the sale of goods by £ 50 million
Airbnb said that people would bring in £ 12 million by renting out their properties, while longer hours for pubs would mean an estimated sales increase of £ 10 million according to the British Beer and Pub Association.
Brand Finance has also said that the Royal Family generates at least £ 2 billion in annual revenue for the UK economy, from promoting approvals to strengthening power.
The couple is said to be worth around £ 24 million, according to Money.com, while Meghan has reportedly earned a net worth of £ 4 million from her acting career.
The Duke and Duchess have now signed up with an American-speaking top agency that has a slew of A-list clients in its books.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drive an Ascot Landau after their wedding in May 2018
As part of their split from the royal family, Harry and Meghan will earn their own income and are expected to do so in part by making speeches.
The couple is thought to want to focus on social issues including racial and gender inequality, the environment and mental health.
They have now signed up with the Harry Walker Agency, the Los Angeles Times reported. Founded in 1946, it bills itself as the world’s leading speaker agency.
The New York-based agency already has a string of famous faces on its books, including former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
In recent months, Harry and Meghan have both participated in charity video calls that they support and plan to launch their Archewell charity.
The Duchess of Sussex also provided a voiceover for a Disney film about elephants released in April.
Prince Harry is working with Oprah Winfrey on an upcoming series on Apple TV.
Earlier in June, Meghan told graduates at her alma mater Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles that she was saddened by racial divisions in the United States and moved to speak out after George Floyd’s death.