It really was the royal wedding of the century! Billions of people tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding on May 19, 2018, and now, new details about the total cost of the big day have been revealed. According to a new report by Express UK, Meghan and Harry’s wedding came with a hefty £32 million (or $41,748,736) price tag.
The majority of the royal wedding budget went to security for the day-long event, which paid for a “ring of steel” around Windsor Castle. According to Express UK, £30 million (or $39,165,000) was spent to make sure the couple and their guests were secure on the castle grounds.
The couple also paid £232,810 (or $303,735) for a PA system that allowed royal watchers who gathered in crowds outside of the castle to listen in to the ceremony as it took place in St. George’s Chapel.
Additionally, they paid the council for towns of Windsor and Maidenhead £1,084,512 (or $1,415,830) “stewarding, crowd control barriers, big screens, waste disposal, barriers, and associated costs.” Private contractors were paid £128,714 (or $168,036) as well.
Then, there was also the cost of travel and expenses for the staff, which came out to £3,875 (or $5,058) and £2,907 (or $3,795) was spent on accreditation passes. The government also spent £14,081 (or $18,382) on flags and banners for the event.
The gorgeous Clare Waight Keller wedding gown that Meghan wore on her big day cost £390,000 (or $509,145) — which was significantly more expensive than Meghan’s sister-in-law, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Kate spent about £250,000 (or $326,375) for the Alexander McQueen gown she wore on her wedding day to Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William.
Overall, Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding cost about £8 million ( or $10,444,000) more than Prince William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, which took place at Westminster Abbey.