The scandalous millions that cost Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's two years in Kingdom

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry renounced their royal duties in January. Today they live in Los Angeles with their son Archie
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry renounced their royal duties in January. Today they live in Los Angeles with their son Archie

Two years ago the wedding of the decade was celebrated between the prince harry and the former American actress Meghan Markle. Millions of people worldwide followed the actual link. But today almost nobody remembers that moment with enthusiasm. The Megxit is the only topic of conversation when the Dukes Sussex are in the news. For many, his departure after 730 days within the British royal family was a kind of betrayal of Elizabeth II herself and an expense thrown away by the taxpayer's pocket.

Harry and his wife traded London for Hollywood. The farewell to the Sussex left a financial cost to the British people. Norman Baker, former Minister of the British Government, made a detailed study of the expenses generated by the Dukes of Sussex at that time, and unveiled the astronomical figures, which do not leave the couple very well.

"From his wedding day until March 31 of this year, I calculate that the British taxpayer has disbursed more than £ 44 million (about USD 53 million) to provide Harry and Meghan, apparently, what they wanted ", Baker commented to the aforementioned media, assuring that the figure could even be higher, although impossible to calculate due to the opacity around the accounts of the Royal Household .

Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cost taxpayers close to
£ 31.5 million

Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cost taxpayers close to
£ 31.5 million

Among the expenses analyzed by Baker, they take into account the payment of their employees, the cost of their dismissal after the Megxit, their questioned private flights on their summer holidays, their security or the organization of their famous wedding, which they calculate which could cost around 33 and a half million pounds (about USD 40 million).

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The newlyweds began their lives together at Nottingham Cottage, a cozy Victorian home on the grounds of Kensington Palace. They moved into apartment 1 after it was restored. The one-year repair work reportedly cost the taxpayer £ 1.4 million. However, the couple decided that they did not want to move there. The supposed reason? The Dukes of Sussex's poor relationship with their neighbors: Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.

When in January they announced their resignation to the royal family, the dukes promised to return every pound to the British people. It would take years for the marriage to return the almost USD 3 million that cost the remodeling works of Frogmore Cottage, his residence located on the grounds of Windsor Castle. A house that Elizabeth II lent them and in which they only lived for a few months with her eldest son, Archie. According to Daily Mail, the couple offered £ 18,000 a month, which is also intended to cover the place rent. If so, it will take many years for Prince Charles' son and daughter-in-law to settle the taxpayer's debt.

However, among them they have an estimated fortune of many millions. The couple, who retain their Royal Highnesses titles, could pay the full amount at once, if they wanted to. Meanwhile, they have been enjoying an expensive lifestyle.

Despite criticism, the Dukes of Sussex have a life of luxury in Los Angeles (AFP)
Despite criticism, the Dukes of Sussex have a life of luxury in Los Angeles (AFP)

Soon after their departure as high-ranking royalty, Markle and her son Archie moved into a $ 10 million mansion on Vancouver Island, Canada, and then moved into a $ 18 million residence. in a gated community in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, owned by music tycoon Tyler Perry, whom Meghan allegedly met through her close friend, Oprah Winfrey.

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Baker notes that the 35-year-old prince received half an inheritance of £ 21 million ($ 25 million) from his mother and another £ 7 million (nearly $ 8 million) from Elizabeth II in 2002, in addition to having £ 2.3 million ($ 2.5 million) annually provided by Prince Charles. As for Meghan, 38, she calculates that her work as an actress has been able to bring her close to six million dollars.

The mansion where the Dukes of Sussex live with their son in California (The Grosby Group)
The mansion where the Dukes of Sussex live with their son in California (The Grosby Group)

In August of last year, to celebrate Meghan's birthday, they spent a week in an exclusive villa in Ibiza, Spain, where the rate for seven days is USD 100,000. Since the wedding, Meghan is also said to have accumulated jewelry totaling £ 600,000 (about USD 730,000), a larger collection than the late Lady Di.

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