In news that probably won’t surprise anyone, Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry could cost as much as $45 million (about R541 million) and one publication has the sums to prove why.

Page Six is reporting that, according to the website Bridebook, the ‘bulk of the royal costs will be spent on security’, with a significant amount also being allocated to Meghan’s wedding gown. The extravagant day will place Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding among the top 10 most expensive weddings of all time.

Prince Harry and Meghan

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According to Page Six, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s big day cost an estimated $28 million (R337 million), so Meghan and Prince Harry’s nuptials are set to cost a lot more.

Bridebook is predicting that around $42.1 million (just over R505 million) will be spent on security measures, which is an extremely hefty figure. As so many important members of the British royal family will be in attendance at the event, it’s unsurprising that a large sum has to be allocated to making sure that everyone is protected.

Photo by Alexi Lubomirski/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Bridebook even breaks down those massive security costs:

‘Besides the usual snipers on every rooftop and undercover police on the streets, the wedding will be fitted with the latest military technology, including a British counter-UAV system, which will cost at least £1 million [R17 million]. The system will be used to deactivate intruders and sneaky paparazzi drones. Add another £1 million [R17 million] to the budget for the “Drone Destroyer”.’

Other significant wedding costs (via Page Six) include between ‘$420,000 and $560 000 [R5 million to R6.7 million] on Meghan’s dress’ and ‘$420 000 [R5 million] to hire the glass marquee for the evening reception on the grounds of Frogmore House.’

Basically, 2018’s UK royal wedding is set to be unforgettable.

Via Marie Claire US