The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place across the Atlantic over the weekend. It was pretty big news across the globe, with an estimated two billion people watching the wedding. Not only did people enjoy watching the ceremony, but thousands of people placed numerous wagers on what would happen on the big day. Now that the wedding is over, we can take a look and see what bets people placed, what paid off, and what didn’t.
Royal Wedding Bride Bets
Perhaps one of the most pessimistic bets placed was that the Suits actress wouldn’t even show up for her own wedding. The odds were 1000/1, so it was a very long shot, but even the smallest bet could have paid out a lot. Thankfully, Markle did show up to her wedding. Another popular bet revolving around the bride was who was going to walk her down the aisle. In the week leading up to the big day, bookmakers had her father as a long shot. The reason for this was that he had recently had major heart surgery, so it was unlikely he would be able to be at his daughter’s side.
Meghan’s mother was the favorite to walk her down the aisle, with 1/5 odds. People also bet that President Donald Trump would do it, with odds of 5000/1. Many people also bet that Prince Charles would do so, with odds of 8/1. In the end, Markle decided to walk down the aisle alone (mostly). Finally, there was plenty of action around who had designed her dress. One of the favorites was Ralph and Russo, but betting on this had to be suspended as there was a high volume of late bets. This prompted fears that someone may have spilled the beans. In the end, gamblers should have bet on Givenchy.
Royal Beard at Royal Wedding?
While plenty of bets were focused on Markle, Prince Harry wasn’t completely left out. The big action was centred around his beard. In the UK, servicemen or ex-servicemen are not permitted to have a beard when wearing their uniforms. Because of this, many believed that he would have to shave for the wedding. The odds of him shaving were 5/6, but they were also 5/6 for him to keep the beard.
In the end, it turned out that Harry had received special permission from Queen Elizabeth, his grandmother, to keep the beard. Overall, it was quite a spectacular event and we’re sure most viewers enjoyed it. If you placed any wagers, we hope you were successful.