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A Princely Price: Who Foots the Bill for Britain's Royal Wedding?

© AP PhotoBritain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. - Sputnik International
Anticipation is growing for the forthcoming British Royal Family wedding but speculation still remains over who will pay for it; meanwhile anti-monarchy group Republic has launched a petition calling for the UK government to reveal any potential costs to UK taxpayers.

Kensington Palace has released the details of the marriage between Prince Harry and movie star Meghan Markle. The service will be held on May 19 at noon in Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple sign their wedding vows. After the service, the newly married couple will travel in carriages from St. George's Chapel through Windsor, finally stopping at Windsor Castle.

Their reception will be at St. George's Hall and an evening party will be hosted by Prince Harry for their friends and relatives. However the finer details of the cost of the wedding are yet to emerge.

Kensington Palace says the wedding will be funded by the Royal Family, meanwhile Republic has published a petition calling for the UK government 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."

According to Republic, the wedding won't be the "national celebration" some parts of Britain's main stream media think it is.

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The organization is concerned the British taxpayer will end up paying for some, or most of it.

"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," Republic state on its website.

The petition has almost reached 5,000 signatures.

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