When Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, the day cost the British taxpayer around £2million but according to reports, things are set to change at Princess Beatrice’s nuptials.
The British public are reportedly not footing the bill for the upcoming wedding – a major break from royal tradition.
According to the Daily Express, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding will be funded privately, a palace spokesperson confirmed to the newspaper.
British taxpayer’s money is traditionally used at royal weddings to help towards security costs. Before Princess Eugenie’s wedding, thousands of UK citizens signed a petition against public funds going towards the wedding with a total of 14,000 signatures which were addressed to the House of Commons.
Speaking ahead of her nuptials, a spokesman for anti-monarchist group Republic told press: ‘There is a strong feeling, even among monarchists, that we shouldn’t be paying for Eugenie’s big day. Most Brits opposed taxpayer funding of Prince Harry’s wedding but as with all royal events were forced to accept it. But there’s something different about [the] royal wedding, and people aren’t happy.’
Chris Williamson, a member of Parliament, told Sky News in 2018: ‘Who’s heard of Princess Eugenie anyway? She carries out no royal functions, no useful purpose to the public sphere and yet we’re having to spend this kind of money.’
Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding will be the fourth in three years. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in May 2018 reportedly cost the taxpayer a whopping £30 million.
While it’s unclear whether the petition and public outcry prompted the decision to fund Beatrice’s wedding privately, the news comes at a time when her father, the Duke of York, faces allegations of sexual assault after his connection to Jeffrey Epstein, something the palace has categorically denied, stating that, ‘Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.’