Princess marries; Britons gripe about the tax bill
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.
Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank kiss after their wedding in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday.