Princess mar­ries; Bri­tons gripe about the tax bill

San Antonio Express-News - - METRO - By Iliana Ma­gra

LON­DON — What a dif­fer­ence a royal wed­ding makes.

In May, a grand­child of the queen of Eng­land mar­ried a com­moner in St. Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle as thou­sands of well­wish­ers gath­ered in the town and the global news me­dia pro­vided breath­less, wall-to-wall cov­er­age.

On Fri­day, five months af­ter that wildly pop­u­lar wed­ding — of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — a much windier and less-cel­e­brated royal cer­e­mony took place at St. Ge­orge’s Chapel: the mar­riage of Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank.

This time, a ma­jor­ity of Bri­tons de­clared that they would not be tun­ing in, ac­cord­ing to one opin­ion poll, and le­gions took to so­cial me­dia to gripe about the tax bill.

The two wed­dings, though an­chored in the same cas­tle, had marked dif­fer­ences from the higher star power of the guests in May to the scaled-back me­dia cov­er­age of the nup­tials Fri­day.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, is ninth in line to the Bri­tish throne and an as­so­ciate direc­tor of the Hauser and Wirth art gal­leries in Lon­don. She is the daugh­ter of Prince An­drew, the Duke of York; and of Sarah Fer­gu­son. Brooks­bank, 32, is a brand am­bas­sador for Casami­gos tequila, which was co-founded by ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney.

“It was love at first sight,” Eu­ge­nie told the Bri­tish broad­caster ITV about meet­ing Brooks­bank.

But that love ap­par­ently was not shared by the Bri­tish pub­lic Fri­day.

While mil­lions of peo­ple watched the royal wed­ding in May, ac­cord­ing to the BBC, the Bri­tish broad­caster de­cided not to show Eu­ge­nie’s wed­ding in full, though ITV stepped into the void.

Eu­ge­nie, who had surgery to cor­rect sco­l­io­sis when she was 12, wore a dress de­signed by Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher de Vos that al­lowed her scar to show.

Twit­ter was rife with crit­i­cism about the cost of the af­fair. The ex­act cost was not im­me­di­ately re­leased, but news re­ports es­ti­mated it at 2 mil­lion pounds, or about $2.6 mil­lion.

Yui Mok / As­so­ci­ated Press

Princess Eu­ge­nie of York and Jack Brooks­bank kiss af­ter their wed­ding in St. Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle on Fri­day.

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