Hoping to lure 20 or so love-struck couples caught up in the romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya, is selling tickets to view the royal wedding for the princely sum of KSh1 million (US$10,000) per couple. If you think this hefty price tag must include a prime viewing spot in the English town of Windsor, as well as return flights between Nairobi and London, you’d be mistaken – this is the cost to watch the much-anticipated event on television at the hotel.
Priced steeply to ensure exclusivity, the viewing event will also feature live fashion shows from leading Kenyan bridal designers, real-time wedding commentary, a British brunch prepared by English chef James Dennis, and a champagne toast to the royal newlyweds. Bringing a little sanity to the cost, each couple’s ticket does contain a few valuable perks: a night for two in one of the hotel’s suites; a private candlelit dinner with champagne; and a helicopter flight to Mt Kenya the following morning for a sunrise breakfast in the bush (Mt Kenya was of course the site where Prince Harry’s brother proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010). To book a similar helicopter tour independently would normally cost just over US$5000 (€4177) per couple.
Still, as some members of the Kenyan press have noted, a couple from Nairobi could save KSh500,000 (US$5000) on the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club ticket by instead purchasing round-trip airfares to London and coughing up funds for a stay in a four-star hotel in Windsor. This UK-based option would allow the pair the chance to actually set their own eyes on the royal couple during their two-mile procession through town following the nuptials in the Windsor Castle.