Thousands of tourists from around the globe are expected to flock to the UK later this year to enjoy the festivities and to try to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they tie the knot.
According to the Office for National Statistics, Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in April 2011 led to an increase of 350,000 visitors compared to the same month the year before and business valuation consultancy Brand Finance believe we’ll see a similar trend in May.
Harry is one of the most popular members of the royal family and Meghan’s status as a globally recognised actor means their wedding could eclipse that of older brother William.
In total, consultancy firm Brand Finance estimates the nuptials will generate some £500million.Related articles
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The company’s chief executive David Haigh said: “We think approximately £200million will come from tourism, travel, hotels.”
He believes around £150million would be spent by people having parties and celebrating while commemorative merchandise is likely to net another £50million.