Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Could Cost $45 Million

Only $1.4 million on a Drone Destroyer.

In news that probably won't surprise anyone, Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry (opens in new tab) could cost as much as $45 million, and one publication has the sums to prove why.


Page Six is reporting (opens in new tab) that, according to the website Bridebook (opens in new tab), the "bulk of the royal costs will be spent on security," with a significant amount also being allocated to Markle's wedding gown (opens in new tab). The extravagant day will also place Markle and Prince Harry's big day among the top ten most expensive weddings of all time.

According to Page Six (opens in new tab), Kate Middleton and Prince William's big day cost an estimated $28 million, so Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials are set to cost a lot more.

Bridebook is predicting that around $42.1 million will be spent on security measures, which is an extremely hefty figure. As so many important members of the British royal family will be in attendance (opens in new tab) at the event, it's unsurprising that a large sum has to be allocated to making sure that everyone is protected.

Bridebook (opens in new tab) even breaks down those massive security costs:

"Besides the usual snipers on every rooftop and undercover police on the streets, the wedding will be fitted with the latest military technology, including a British counter-UAV system, which will cost at least £1 million [$1.4 million]. The system will be used to deactivate intruders and sneaky paparazzi drones. Add another £1 million [$1.4 million] to the budget for the 'Drone Destroyer.'"

Other significant wedding costs (via Page Six (opens in new tab)) include between "$420,000 to $560,000 on Meghan's dress," and "$420,000 to hire the glass marquee for the evening reception on the grounds of Frogmore House." Basically, 2018's royal wedding is set to be unforgettable.


Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.