Security costs for Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding are purported to be around £2 million when she marries Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel this October.
The princess, who is ninth in line to the throne, is marrying her long-time fiancé at Windsor Castle on 12 October and will follow that with a procession through Windsor immediately afterwards. Much like the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, members of the public have also been invited onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to see the couple on their wedding day.
The costs of security have reportedly doubled, according to The Mirror, since Princess Eugenie announced her engagement in January there have been terror fears that would require an increased security presence.
This reportedly includes extra officers potentially being drafted into security plans as the wedding date draws nearer.
Some have expressed outrage over the reported security costs, which will be paid for by taxpayers, by pointing out that as a non-working member of the Royal Family who undertakes no engagements on behalf of her grandmother, Princess Eugenie should not be covered by the public.
“In these times of heightened security risks, it’s irresponsible for a minor member of the royal family to have a high-profile, very public wedding,” said Emma Dent Coad, the outspoken Labour MP for Kensington, where Princess Eugenie and Jack live.
“This may be the time to review the role and cost of minor royals.”
The Royal Family will pay for all other costs associated with the wedding, however, security costs have traditionally been borne by taxpayers.
When Prince Harry and Meghan married earlier this May, their security bill cost between £2 and £4 million. The couple also undertook a carriage ride through Windsor, though Princess Eugenie will take an abbreviated route compared to that of the Sussexes’.