No royal treatment: Petition demanding no taxpayer's money be spent on Princess Eugenie's wedding gets over 18,000 signatures
Online group Republic has demanded that all costs for the upcoming royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank be ideally met by the royal family
According to a recent news report, a petition that demands no British taxpayer's money be spent on Princess Eugenie's upcoming royal wedding has received more than 18,000 signatures. The anti-monarchy Republic group is behind the online operation, according to the Daily Mail, and the group reportedly insists that taxpayers should not be helping to fund the nuptials of a non-working royal.
The online group has also put forward a demand that says all costs for the upcoming royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank should ideally be met by the royal family.
Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, will marry her long-term partner Jack in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on October 12, just five months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married to each other at the same venue.
Just like Meghan and Harry, Eugenie and Jack will also embark on a carriage ride so they can wave to well-wishers after the wedding ceremony. It is being reported that this addition alone would cost around £2 million for the security measures it will entail.
Republic's petition claims that Princess Eugenie's wedding day is "a private, personal event dressed up like a national occasion" and said it is "shaping up to look more like a £35 million extravaganza than a wedding fit for a minor royal." The report also stated that on the day of Eugenie's wedding, roads are expected to be closed to traffic around Windsor Castle, and security will also be stepped up significantly.
Last month, the Windsor and Maidenhead Council revealed the details of the road closures, parking restrictions and crowd control measures that will be placed while they prepare to host their second royal wedding of the year. Wedding experts previously said that the bill for Princess Eugenie's wedding, being hosted by her parents, was likely to exceed £2.7 million.
According to Hamish Shephard, founder of wedding planning app Bridebook.co.uk, the costs of catering to the couple's 1,200 guests could include up to £85,000 for a luxury marquee, and a similar figure to keep the drinks flowing as the royal's friends and loved ones party at night. He also pointed out that a couture gown by the British house could add £200,000 to the bill.
According to reports, BBC declined to broadcast the royal wedding on October 12, after which, it was revealed that it will be covered by ITV on a special edition of 'This Morning'.