New filings in the Markle v Mail trial see Meghan’s legal team claiming her and Harry’s wedding brought in around £1bn in tourist revenue; a sum that would more than offset the £32m in taxpayers’ money spent on it.
As taxpayer money is often the reason given to justify aggressive reporting, it’s no surprise to see the topic coming up – but if the Sussexes think the Mail is going to respond well to talk of healthy returns on investment, it’s probably only going to get their backs up further.
Before the wedding, the Mail on Sunday spared no expense in publishing a big exposé of those infamously staged photos of Thomas Markle. Though the story has since mushroomed into an absolutely massive drama, that particular front cover bombed at the newsstands.
An insider tells us it performed so poorly for the MoS that even a cover story about a deeply unsexy visa scandal involving Sajid Javid the previous week had sold better. So these new boasts of just how profitable the couple are capable of being are going to salt those wounds up a treat.