To: Parliament of the United Kingdom
We petition the UK parliament to commit no public money to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and to call upon the government to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.
Why is this important?
Polling by YouGov showed that 52% of us were ‘indifferent’ to news of the royal engagement. So the wedding won't be quite the national celebration some parts of the media think it is.
In 2011, the Financial Times found that Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding actually "held back growth", it wasn’t the boost to the economy the press often claimed.
A royal wedding is a private, personal event, dressed up as a national occasion. That lets the royals use the wedding as a PR exercise and to expect the taxpayer will pay a large part of the costs.
Who is paying?
The exact details of royal wedding funding are shrouded in secrecy, but we do know - at the very least - that expensive road closures and policing will be required. And we know local councils and the taxpayer will end up footing the bill.
Taxpayers should not be funding a private wedding, no matter who is getting married.
If Harry and Meghan want to turn their big day into a public event, they need to pick up the bill – all of it.
The Palace claims the wedding will be funded by the royal family, but royal funding blurs the lines between private income and public money. So, whether it's the cost of policing paid for directly by us, or costs of the wedding ceremony, paid for by the royals, the taxpayer still ends up paying.
If the royal family funds the wedding through the ill-gotten gains of a broken system of royal funding, then we have a right to know where that money is coming from and what it’s being spent on.
Taxpayers have the right to know
At a time of great strain on public spending and a rising cost of living, this is an opportunity for MPs to demand the highest possible standards of openness and transparency around the wedding finances.
If the royals want to turn a private wedding into a public PR exercise, they need to pay. The taxpayer needs to know who is funding what, where the money is coming from and the impact the wedding will have on local and police budgets.
This petition calls upon the UK parliament to ensure the highest standards of openness and transparency relating to the funding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, to tell the government to commit no public funds to the wedding and to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.