There’s no combination more fascinating than love and tradition, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding in May checks both boxes. But Meghan’s welcome into the Royal Family means a lot more than just a white gown and bouquet this year – it’s predicted that the nuptials will add a whopping $865 million for the UK economy!
A similar upward economic trend happened after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said “I do” back in 2011. Forbes has calculated this huge upcoming income based on the aftermath of Kate’s wedding, which triggered more than 350,000 additional travellers to England – a phenomenon known as "The Kate Effect," which also influences consumers' sartorial selections.
So, where is all this money coming from? For starters, the former Suits star is quickly becoming one of the family’s fashion icons, by sporting unconventional looks that are making royal watchers run to the nearest store to buy out her styles. Forbes predicts that Meghan, 36, will be giving “The Kate Effect” – which has garnered about $260 million for fashion alone – a run for its money.
Unlike other royal pairings, Meghan and Harry are a unique love story when it comes to the monarchy. The 33-year-old has, for years, been considered one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. And the Harry-who-can’t-be-tamed has found his perfect match – a woman accomplished and talented in her own right and who defies tradition in many ways. This is a love story relatable to, and cherished by, the masses!
On top of her stunning coats, back-to-basics small handbags and her incredible boot collection, there’s bound to be plenty of royal wedding-themed merchandise to satisfy an entire continent. From mugs and calendars to flags and T-shirts, British royal fans won’t be at a loss for keepsakes to commemorate the wedding of the year for years to come.