British lawmakers and citizens are irked with using taxpayers money for security budget at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie.
Princess Eugenie, 28 is looking forward to the biggest day of her life. She is following the footsteps of her cousin Prince Harry and getting married to her fiance Jack Brooksbank this October. Everyone in the British royal household is happy, but the UK citizens are less so. They are not very enthusiastic about the whole affair. The reason is the amount of money the taxpayers will have to shell out for the lavish ceremony. Let us get into the accounts of the whole thing.
Princess Eugenie and her wedding
UK citizens were extremely elated and happy in May this year for the wedding of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle. But they do not seem to look at Princess Eugenie’s wedding the same way. They are happy for the Princess but they are unhappy with the huge price tag that comes with her marriage to Jack Brooksbank. The total expenditure might reach $ 2.5 million and the British citizens are angry.
The breakup of Princess Eugenie’s wedding expenditure
The royal family will pay out of their pocket for the arrangements and flowers, cakes, wedding g dresses and the like at the wedding ceremony. But it is the security budget which is a matter of concern. The money for it comes under the public safety category and goes from the public money.
The budget initially was set at half the price that it is now but due to the rising threats of terrorism, it has been doubled to the present level.
The discussion in the British Parliament
It is not on the citizens would are uncomfortable with the high-security cost for the wedding. The British lawmakers ate also agitated and discussing the matter openly. They have begun to air their discontent. Labour Party’s Chris Williamson has termed it as outrageous. He said:
“It really is an outrage when you’ve got people sleeping rough and gripped by poverty that people are indulging in this conspicuous consumption,”
“They are as far as it’s possible to be from being real normal people. No one else gets their wedding paid for by the public purse and they’ve got the resources to do it themselves.”
He told Sky News:
“There is no need to have such a glamorous event, Prince Andrew – who is fabulously wealthy with an estimated worth of £65m – should foot the bill himself.”
He went on:
“Who’s heard of Princess Eugenie anyway? She carries no royal functions, no useful purpose to the public sphere and yet we’re having to spend this kind of money,”
Labour MP Emma Dent Coad spoke to Daily Mirror. He stated:
“In these times of heightened security risks it is irresponsible for a minor member of the royal family to have a high profile, very public wedding. This may be the time to review the role and cost of minor royals.”
Why the outcry only for Princess Eugenie’s wedding?
It is learned that the previous two royal weddings of the two sons of Princess Diana; Prince William and Prince Harry also had a much heftier security budget. At the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton the figure was $ 32 million and for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, it stood at $ 40 million. Despite the lower security cat for Princess Eugenie’s wedding, why is the UK public mad at the budget for the security?
It could possibly be because Princess Eugenie is not considered a big public figure of the royal family. So they do not want to fund someone who is not in the forefront. She is ninth in line to tell throne and her public appearances for the royal family is very limited. Queen Elizabeth has a net worth of $ 530 million and some people think that she could consider loaning some money to her granddaughter for the security purpose.
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