Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle ‘set to boost UK economy’

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London, Britain, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

January 3, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle could provide a 500 million pound boost to Britain’s economy as tourists flock to the country and Britons celebrate, according to an estimate.

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, the royal palace home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

There were an extra 350,000 visitors to the UK in April 2011 when Harry’s elder brother William married his wife Kate compared to the same month the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Business valuation consultancy Brand Finance predicted a similar surge in May and in total, it estimates the nuptials will generate some 500 million pounds ($680 million).

“We think approximately 200 million pounds will come from tourism, travel, hotels,” the company’s chief executive David Haigh told Reuters.

About 150 million pounds would be spent on people having parties and celebrating with 50 million coming from people buying T-shirts, hats and other commemorative items, he said.

The wedding would also be worth about 100 million pounds in free advertising for Britain around the world, he added.

Businesses in Windsor are already gearing up to take advantage of the worldwide interest in the couple, with Harry, 33, one of the most popular members of the British royal family and Markle, 36, best known for her starring role in the TV legal drama “Suits”, providing some Hollywood sparkle.

“It’s going to be a massive boost for the economy, it’s going to be great to see so many people here for the wedding and actually to host the wedding itself,” said Andrew Lee, manager of the Harte and Garter hotel opposite Windsor Castle.

Since their engagement was announced in November, Harry and Meghan merchandise has adorned the displays of Windsor’s tourist shops and mayor John Lenton said the town had been caught up in the excitement.

“We are looking forward to it and we hope it will help to improve our tourist trades,” he said.

British tourism bosses are already predicting 2018 to be a bumper year for the industry, aided by a fall in the value of the pound since the 2016 vote to leave the European Union which has attracted visitors and deterred Britons from vacationing abroad.

VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, estimates that 41.7 million visits from overseas will be made to the United Kingdom in 2018, generating 26.9 billion pounds in the process.

(Reporting by Jess Omari; writing by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)

  • slohunter

    Run Harry, run. Run, run, run!

  • Ed L

    The Royals really hold little sway over English politics nowadays. Back in the 60’s The Queen decided that she would neither approve of disaprove of the selection of a prime minister

  • Jarhead0311

    I know a great tunnel where they can hold the nuptials of this trash.

  • bless us all

    when will Harry take up hunting again…before or after the wedding…

  • C B

    Who Cares …………….

  • Andrew Moore8

    Wait, I don’t understand….Does this mean that the wedding will cost so much and employ so many that it will actually affect the economy of Brittan? If that is the case why would the tax payers of the country allow that to happen? Or does it mean that the economy of Brittan has been decimated to a point where a royal wedding would actually have an effect upon it and the people of Brittan should worry they are close to collapse?

  • All American

    Harry who cares??

  • C. Scott

    This wedding is as fake as CNN. The people of G.B. should wise up to the fraudulent royal family. The royal family have just about zero powers and live off of the tax payers of G.B. Kick them out of the castles and tell them to get a real job.

  • Vera Orsova

    OK, I get it. There are some really stupid people who might travel to London to watch a fake Prince wed a fake, divorced, second rate actress, but how can a week long above average spending affect the UK economy? The Brits would have to have at least one wedding a week before their economy would wake up.

  • Serge

    Used to be a great nation. Not anymore, thanks to globalists and those like this prince Harry!

    • HarryObrian

      Open immigration and muslim infestation have definitely taken it’s toll.

  • Andrew Moore8

    I would bet a dozen doughnuts that this numb nut prince doesn’t take his half breed wife anywhere near a London muzzie no go zone.

  • Andrew Moore8

    Who would have thunk a prince would have married a half breed red bone.

    • Vera Orsova

      I would like to know if Her Royal Highness the Queen realizes she will have black great-grand kids and the future King George black cousins. Diana should have waited 20 or so years to date a Muslim and she wouldn’t have to die.

  • BlueBoomPony

    Would love to know the real story behind all this.

    No, wait, I don’t really care.

    I hear she did some escorting before getting her acting break. Good job, Prince Dîpshît.

    #NotMyPrincess

  • Warpaint

    An American half breed to marry prince homely? He will never be king (maybe a closet queen, but not King)

  • Roy Beane

    So what. Don’t care. The Brits seem to conveniently forget that if it wasn’t for the U.S. stepping in to save their sorry spoiled rotten azzes back in 1941, plus sending them all kinds of secret under the table lend lease aid in the years beforehand, all of them would be goose stepping and saluting the swastika right now.

    • All American

      Yes, the Britts received more than any other country but also beholding were 37 other countries. In dollars $51 billion in 1940s money. Today close to a Trillion.
      Then “Other Expenditures” referring to materials not charged. to the recipient nations : about 5,000 tanks, 7,000 aircraft and over 200,000 tons of other war materials were lost at sea in the holds of ships trying to reach Soviet ports in the far north of Russia, near the Arctic Circle. More tanks and aircraft were lost near the Arctic Circle than in any single tank or air battle in WW2 or in the history of warfare.

      • Roy Beane

        And the younger generations have absolutely no clue at all how great a fight it was to rid the world of Nazism and Japanese Imperialism back in those critical days. Had Hitler and Hirohito gotten together and coordinated simulatneous invasions into Russia from the east and west at the same time in June 1941 the war may well have turned out far different than it did, and a very different flag would be flying over much of the world today, including North America.

        • All American

          If the youth of today were only taught World History minus the liberal spin😩
          Taught to think independently as well!

          • Roy Beane

            Amen. If the liberals have their way, the truth of our nation’s history, even world history, will never be known after the older generations are gone.

          • All American

            We teach our children & grandchildren American History. We have traveled with our family to Washington DC and visited all historic sites including Arlington National Cemetery. We have visited Civil War Battlefields and The Alamo. We have shared our books of the life stories of our Great Presidents, the History of the Civil War/Korea/WWI/WWII/Vietnam. The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, The Preamble & Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, The life stories of American Patriots including family members and friends that have served in Our Great Military, Police and Fire Fighting Services.
            We have taught them how to hunt, fish and grow their own food.
            Hopefully we are not alone👍🏻
            God Bless America and Our Future Generations🇺🇸

  • Varangian Guard

    All the while the revolving door of refugees continues to make London a veritable fantasy land for tourists……….if getting run over, stabbed, and having acid thrown in your face is your idea of fun……
    Hey, but at least the citizenry and Police are unarmed and complying with all firearms prohibitions.
    So they got that going for them………

  • Jack Woodburn

    That’s a hilarious headline…like, what else is Britain producing economically to sustain itself following Brexit? Tourism? LOLOL

  • HarryObrian

    Not a very pretty smile on the lass.

    • Vera Orsova

      She is not a pretty lass to begin with.

      • HarryObrian

        I think the future of the kingdom may rely on royal children that can tan.

  • teerex51

    Dang, how expensive is the wedding reception going to be?

    • Sheriff Bart

      I’m as lost as you brother. ????? I don’t get it either.

      • Living in the Times

        You guys are funny. I am a woman so I think I get this. The point of the economy boost (and I know you get this part of it) is that due to the influx of visitors to see the royal wedding, money is being spent out the yin yang (hotels, flowers, restaurants,etc). I love the Royals and I have to say, those young woman reflect a degree decency and decorum that I wish more of our young women displayed here in the US…. No boos and hisses please (lol)

        • Sheriff Bart

          It was explained to me by my coworker much the same way you did. She follows the royals and enjoys the whole scene. I get it better than I did a few minutes ago. no boos & hisses not our style lol

          • Living in the Times

            The whole wedding hype is a “girl thang” I think. I like to look at the dresses and hairstyles more so than the “Royal” aspect of it. I know how you guys love that sort of thing..pahahahahaha. (Kind of like taking us to a parts store). Happy New Year friend!!!

        • All American

          Huh?

    • HarryObrian

      When something makes no sense look for the buck. May be just a vain attempt to drum up ad business or something.

    • All American

      Hahahaha 😂I think this article is a joke …right!

    • bless us all

      arena ticket prices aren’t cheap…

  • Widl Man

    Tourism will do that….look at Disney world. and Orlando. But it is only for a wedding not a constant boost. So, enjoy it while you can.

    • BlueBoomPony

      Will people flock to this? It’s not so much a “fairy tale” as it is a “dumpster fire.”

  • bucketnutz

    Harry is a stone-cold Liberal Puke

    • PatrickJ

      Breitbart had a story on it.

      Prince Harry and other royals who “feed the progressive agenda” are signing the British monarchy’s death warrant, the head of Britain’s oldest conservative think tank cautioned.

      “It is a kind of madness that they’re engaged in, which is this idea that they will feed the progressive agenda in the hope that it will eat them last,” he continued, pointing out that liberal-courting royals like Prince Harry are spurning a president who “loves Britain [and] loves the Royal family”.

      Prince Harry also snubbed President Trump by inviting Obama to his wedding. You have to be glad he is fifth in line to become King.

      • Jenny O

        Snubbed the US President in favor of Obama? Disgusting.
        Perhaps reflects the influence of his bride, as well.
        I also had the impression that Princess Diana was quite the Liberal, no?
        Otherwise, I don’t care one whit about the royals.

      • Living in the Times

        I didn’t realize Harry was liberal. That is disappointing. I love the Royals but obviously do not follow them that closely. Makes me view him in a different light. I am surprised the rigid Royals are liberal…the younger generation is rising I guess.

        • All American

          Yes he is an Obummerite

    • All American

      Yup