LONDON – What a difference a real wedding makes.
In May, a grandson of the Queen of England married a commoner in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle when thousands of supporters gathered in the city and global media provided breathless wall-to-wall coverage .
On Friday, five months after that wildly popular wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a much windier and less celebrated royal ceremony took place in the Chapel of St. George: the marriage of Princess Eugenia and Jack Brooksbank.
This time, the majority of the British declared that they would not be tuning in, according to an opinion poll, and the legions went to social networks to complain about the tax bill.
The two weddings, although anchored in the same castle, had marked differences between the highest star power of the guests in May and the reduced media coverage of weddings on Friday.
The union of Prince Harry, who is the sixth in line to the British throne, and Mrs. Markle, A biracial, divorced and self-styled feminist American actress was seen as the beginning of a new era: a more inclusive monarchy.
Princess Eugenia, 28, is the ninth in line of the British throne and associate director of the Hauser and Wirth art galleries in London. She is the daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York; and Sarah Ferguson. Brooksbank, 32, is an ambassador for the Casamigos brand, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney.
"It was love at first sight," Eugenie told British radio station ITV about the meeting with Mr. Brooksbank.
But that love was apparently not shared by the British public on Friday.
While millions of people saw the royal wedding in May, According to the BBC, the British station decided not to show Eugenie's wedding in its entirety, although ITV entered the void. At least 84 percent of Britons said that "probably" or "definitely" would not be tuned in, a government The survey said this month.
Among the 850 guests on Friday were the models Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne (in a smart pantsuit and top hat); the singer Robbie Williams; the actor Demi Moore; the comedian and author Stephen Fry; and, of course, Queen Elizabeth; Prince Philip; the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge; and Harry and Mrs. Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Princess Eugenie, who underwent surgery to correct scoliosis when she was 12 years old, wore a dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos that allowed her to show her scar. "I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars, and I think it's really special to defend that," he told ITV before the wedding.
The dean of Windsor, David Conner, directed the vows. Princess Eugenia's sister, Princess Beatrice, read an excerpt from Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby" that invoked a passage that reminded her of her "freak" smile. For some, even that did not go well.
A journalist, Ned Donovan, wrote on Twitter.: "I get the impression that the Princesses may not have read the Great Gatsby, since they only read a passage about the smile of a scammer about to disappoint you massively".
Twitter was also full of criticism about the cost of the matter. While the royal family paid for ornaments such as flowers, clothing and partying, great security was required for the event because the couple decided to perform a procession of carriages through Windsor.
That security was provided by the Thames Valley police and paid for with taxpayers' money. The exact cost was not published immediately, but news reports estimated it at two million pounds, or about $ 2.6 million.
"Princess Eugenia is getting married today," Hasan Patel he wrote on Twitter. "I hope you have a good time knowing that millions of pounds of taxpayer money is being used for your special day while school children go hungry and those who sleep badly on the streets."
Others said the spending showed a deafness at a time of austerity in Britain.
"All the time there has been a sharp increase in the lack of housing and the use of the food bank," wrote Shahil Parmar in Twitter. "What a joke."
Nearly 47,000 people signed a petition from Republic, a campaign group in favor of abolishing the British monarchy, so as not to compromise public money at the wedding and publish all the costs of the taxpayers.
The palace claims the wedding. be Being financed by the royal family, but real funding blurs the lines between private income and public money, "Republic wrote in a statement." So, whether it be the cost of watching directly for us, or the costs of the ceremony. wedding, paid by royalty, the taxpayer still ends up paying. "
But it was not all an acrimony on social networks. Eugenie's decision to show her scars was a compliment.
"It's so good to see that Eugenie chose her wedding dress to reveal her scar from her scoliosis surgery," a Twitter user named Harmony wrote. "I love the mentality that it is a badge of honor to show what has happened and encourage others to do the same and not be ashamed of the scars of surgery."
After Andrea Bocelli interpreted "Ave Maria", the couple was declared husband and wife, and the newlyweds He left for his walk Through the streets of Windsor.
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