The Wedding Economy

Meghan Markle's wedding dress reportedly costs 3 times the average American's salary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The gown that Meghan Markle will wear at her royal wedding with Prince Harry on Saturday reportedly costs 100,000 pounds, or about $135,000.

That's according to the Daily Mail, which cited sources. The price tag is roughly three times the average salary of American workers ($44,564), and 87 times the typical cost of wedding dresses across the U.S.: $1,564.

But Markle's isn't your typical wedding. Bride Book estimates that the royal affair at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle will cost around 32 million pounds ($43.4 million), mostly thanks to security costs like snipers and undercover police that, alone, could add up to 30 million pounds ($40.7 million).

And spending six figures on a dress is standard when it comes to royal wedding gowns: Princess Diana's wedding dress, which featured 10,000 pearls and a 25-foot train, was estimated to cost $115,000, and Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen gown reportedly cost $434,000.

The Daily Mail reports that the 36-year-old bride, who is three years older than her groom, will wear a gown by British couture designers Ralph & Russo — for her first dress, that is. Markle is expected to change into something less restrictive after the ceremony.

Markle will likely cover the cost of the dresses herself, like Middleton did in 2011. But that's all she'll have to pay for. Kensington Palace will cover the rest of the costs of the eight-figure wedding.

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