Windsor locals cashing in on Harry and Meghan’s wedding by letting rooms for £15,000
HOMEOWNERS in Windsor are cashing in on Prince Harry’s wedding by renting rooms to visitors for more than £15,000 a night.
Residents are opening their doors to the world’s press and tourists who are hoping to glimpse Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day.
The wedding, which will be held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, will bring tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town.
And locals and businesses are making thousands of pounds by advertising their properties as places to stay.
One homeowner living on Park Street told the Daily Star Sunday: “We’ve all been contacted by TV channels and things like that.
“I’ve been offered £10,000 to move out for the week and I’m seriously considering it.”
Two rooms above The Horse & Groom pub are said to have been rented out for £15,000 a night.
According to locals and a barmaid at the boozer, the rooms opposite the castle were apparently quickly secured by unknown American tourists.
The Carpenters Arms landlady Sam Glancy has rented out one floor to the US broadcaster NBC News for a rumoured £30,000.
The media company contacted the pub less than two weeks after the wedding venue was confirmed.
It intends to build a platform at the back of the building – directly opposite Windsor Castle – from where two news anchors will report during the wedding weekend.
“The Queen’s birthday was huge and I think it’s going to be bigger than that”
NBC has also rented two rooms with balconies in another building facing the castle, Sam said.
She declined to confirm the exact fee but admitted it was “in the tens of thousands”.
The landlady, who has run the pub for three years, added: “The Queen’s birthday was huge and I think it’s going to be bigger than that.
“I know a lot of places around here. People have been approaching them to rent rooms.
“There’s mixed feelings because the town’s going to be taken over. It’s already starting to be taken over now, really.
“I don’t know if a lot of people in Windsor will go away. I think it will be nice to be here.
“I think the Americans will come over to holiday and will come to see Windsor because it’s going to be huge for them.
“I’ve never known the media to be like this – every business in the area has been approached for something.”
Local hotels will be full to capacity after every available room in the town was snapped up.
Tomas Trubiroha, 24, who works at the Castle Hotel, confirmed that all 108 rooms in the building had been reserved by the media and tourists.
And all 120 rooms at the Macdonald Hotel have also been fully booked out.
The demand for rooms is creating a buzz among other locals who are hoping to make some money from the royal event.
One resident called Sophie told us she has been weighing up offers for the use of her one-bed flat near the castle.
Source: DAILYSTAR CO UK
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