Norman Baker, a former Liberal Democrat for East Sussex and author of “… And What Do You Do?” – a tome critical of the royal family – writes in the Daily Mail that, “From their wedding day to March 31 this year, I estimate the British taxpayer has forked out more than £44 million ($53 million) to provide Harry and Meghan with, it seems, whatever they want.”
After a study of the couple’s finances, an outraged Baker has broken it down for all of us, adding that the bills keep coming even though the couple has moved to the United States. Baker casually points out that while Harry and Meghan may be rich — the couple together are estimated to be worth over $25 million — they aren’t rich enough to afford their lifestyle. Like his Uncle Andrew and Aunt Sarah, Harry enjoys the good life at other’s expense.
Here’s where the millions have gone — and are still going…
The newlyweds began married life in Nottingham Cottage, a cosy Victorian house in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
It was widely assumed that they would move into the much larger Apartment 1 nearby after it was refurbished.
The year-long works to the 21-room Apartment 1 are reported to have cost the taxpayer £1.4million for repairs on the roof and replacing all the windows.
Harry and Meghan have not held back when it comes to employing their retinue of staff — but then, they haven’t been paying for all of them.
Until March 31, when they ceased to be working royals, the team of up to 15 included a private secretary (who can earn a salary of £146,000 a year), PR director Sara Latham, and a full team of servants including a housekeeper (£30,000) and a nanny.
The cost of providing protection for the Sussexes rocketed after their wedding, thanks in part to their fondness for globe-trotting.
In February 2019, Meghan flew to New York for a ‘baby shower’ widely estimated to have cost several hundred thousand pounds, although she disputes the figure.
In August last year, they spent a weekend with George and Amal Clooney at their luxury Lake Como villa and they have also spent time at Elton John’s villa in the South of France.
While many of the flights taken by the couple in a private capacity were paid for by celebrity friends, they were always accompanied by protection officers funded by the taxpayer.
THE £33.5MILLION WEDDING BILL
The total bill for the wedding is estimated to be a staggering £33.5 million.
This is an increase of £1.5 million on the previously reported cost (calculated by wedding company Bridebook), now including sums incurred by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The average wedding in Britain costs around £18,000, meaning you could have bought 1,860 such events with Harry and Meghan’s budget.
(William and Kate’s nuptials in 2011 cost an estimated £20million.)
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