Royal family told to ‘come clean’ over how much Eugenie wedding will cost public

The Royal Family has been ordered to "come clean" over how much will be spent on Princess Eugenie’s wedding as a petition against using taxpayers’ money reached more than 37,000 signatures.

Eugenie, who carries out no royal duties, will marry fiancé Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the second royal wedding of the year on Friday.

It has been rumoured the public cost of the day could reach up to £2million, with anti-royalists claiming the estimated cost is just the "tip of the iceberg".

Dani Beckett, vice chair of Republic, an organisation that campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy, said: "The £2million that the public is being asked to spend on Eugenie’s wedding costs is the tip of the iceberg.

“We know that we spend around £100million on the royal security every single year.

"So that’s if they go and visit a local town, the council there has to pay for the policing and the security and road closures and all that sort of stuff and that’s all coming out of the public purse.

"What I want the general public to be asking now is for the Royal Family to finally come clean about what those costs are."

Just over 37,000 people have signed a Republic petition demanding no public money be spent on Eugenie’s upcoming wedding .

Eugenie is also said to be bringing in an expensive party planner David Beckham uses to help organise their wedding events, which will span the whole weekend.

A massive 850 guests will attend – 50 more than the chapel currently holds.

By comparison, Harry and Meghan invited 600 guests.

Like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Eugenie and Jack will embark on a carriage ride to greet well-wishers.

The newlyweds will travel down Castle Hill, onto the High Street and Park Street before returning to Windsor Castle via Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk and the roads along the route will be closed to traffic from 00.01am 12 October.

Republic said the event for the royal was "shaping up to look more like a £35 million extravaganza than a wedding fit for a minor royal."

The group added: "Taxpayers should not be funding a private wedding, no matter who is getting married.

"If the Royals want to turn Eugenie and Jack’s big day into a public event, they need to pick up the bill – all of it."

The security bill will go in part towards policing the 1,200 members of the public outside the church in the grounds of the castle, who have been selected following a ballot.

But once the nuptials are over and done with, that’s when things will really get interesting.

A post-wedding lunch hosted by the Queen on October 12 will be followed by a black-tie evening reception at Royal Lodge, Windsor, where Eugenie’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, still share a home despite divorcing in 1996.

Anyone still standing after the big day will be invited back to Royal Lodge on the Saturday afternoon for a very different kind of party.

The wedding itself will reportedly be paid for by the couple’s parents but the Mirror understands the security bill or protecting the ninth-in-line to the throne will fall to the taxpayer.

Republic argues the public has a right to know how much the taxpayer is likely to be paying.

The group said: The Palace claims the wedding will be funded by the royal family, but royal funding blurs the lines between private income and public money.

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