An estimate calculation by wedding planning company Bridebook is putting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 19 May wedding at one of the “top 10 most expensive weddings of all time” according to the Telegraph.
While official numbers of royal weddings are not released, it is guessed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cost around £20 million and Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding was around £84 million. Bridebook is estimating Harry and Meghan’s to come in at £32 million.
They figure the majority of costs will be on security, the dress, catering and drink and flowers that will cost £110,000.
Bridebook is currently planning the wedding of Meghan’s good friend Millie Mackintosh to Hugo Taylor.
Other estimates from the wedding planning company suggest the security bill, including a counter-drone system, could cost the taxpayer £30 million. Guesses from more estimates assume security will cost closer to £24 million.
Security will cost more for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding then it did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s due to numerous factors. An ongoing terrorist threat level and racist actions towards Meghan are part of the need for more security.
After Bridebook’s £30 million security guess, that leaves £2 million towards the wedding itself, which Prince Charles is paying. The lemon elderflower cake from Violet Bakery will cost around $50,000, £300,000 for a glass marquee for the evening reception at Frogmore House and £26,000 for food and hot tea for the members of the public invited into the walls of Windsor Castle to watch the wedding.
Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss and Love figures that guesses that Meghan’s dress will cost between £300,000 to £400,000 are “wildly inaccurate.”
She added: “Meghan is very mindful of wanting to send the right message with her gown. It’s going to be iconic and fit the backdrop of Windsor Castle, but it would send off the wrong message to wear a dress that in cost alone would upstage Kate’s.”
The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and is estimated to cost £250,000.
Quintessentially’s, director of weddings and private events, Jessica Seal noted: “As Meghan is quite cool and understated, she might pay in the £60,000 range for her dress.” She then will change for the evening reception.