Princess Eugenie is a member of the Royal Family and tenth in line to the British throne. She is often spotted at royal events and it would be easy to think she is a full-time member of the Royal Family like her cousins, Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, 34. However, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, 30, did not become working royals when they graduated university, meaning they missed out on the royal payroll and do not receive public funds. Last year, Princess Eugenie married in a huge ceremony at Windsor Castle, but who paid for this?
Princess Eugenie wedding cost
The Princess of York married her long-term partner, Jack Brooksbank, 33, on 12 October 2018 and it was estimated at the time their wedding cost around £2.7 million.
Sharing a wedding venue with royals including Meghan Markle, 37, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, the Princess opted to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
At Harry and Meghan’s wedding, security costs were an estimated £2 million, although it is likely costs were slightly less for Eugenie’s wedding.
She had a grand ceremony which was attended by many members of the Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth II, 93.
On the big day, Eugenie wore a personalised dress by British-based designers, Peter Pilot and Christopher De Vos.
Catering costs were also expected to be around £151,600 as the couple fed their 850 wedding guests.
The flowers were estimated to cost £100,000 and the cake set the billplayer back around £5,600.
The security budget for royal weddings fell under “public safety” and came under the country’s treasury – the UK taxpayer was thought to front this bill.
Although Princess Eugenie does not usually get money from the Royal Family, it is believed they will have fronted the bill for her wedding.
The Queen often opts to pay for royal weddings and this was probably no different.
Although Eugenie is not a working royal, Prince Andrew has spoken out about wanting them to take on more royal duties.
In 2012, he said: “I could make use of them because they would take some of the burden off me.”
Princess Eugenie was spotted with other royals as she attended the first day of Royal Ascot 2019.
The Princess stood out in a bright blue dress and bold yellow hat.
She also attended Ladies Day of the event, where she wore a stunning sleeveless emerald dress.