Royal Wedding: Locals renting out their properties to tourists hoping to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were to marry in Windsor, many of the town’s residents were celebrating along with the happy couple.

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Some locals are looking to cash in on the ceremony by renting out their homes and parking spaces to tourists.

BBC reports, Bill Hutchinson, 37, and his partner Annie have listed their luxury three-bedroom cottage on home rental website Airbnb for a nightly rate of £3,500.

“We bought the house last year and we have had a baby so we were looking for ways to make some extra money,” he said.

Despite having no bookings yet, he remains hopeful with still six weeks to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on 19 May.

“It’s hard to price it,” he said. “We will probably play about with the price.”
On Airbnb, around £2,000 a night can buy a night’s stay in a home overlooking the royal wedding route.

And for royal fans willing to shell out £3,000 per night, one homeowner is offering a royal wedding package with her cottage overlooking Windsor Castle and a champagne hamper.

Those with more more modest homes are also joining the drive, with one-bedroom flats in the town available for up to £475 a night.

British police has said the town will be cordoned off and people will have to go through full body scanners in the run-up to the wedding.

It is not the first time residents have attempted to make money out of major events.

In 2011, Londoners also advertised their spare accommodation to tourists for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Residents in London letting out their homes to fans visiting for the 2016 Wimbledon tennis championships made around £20m, Airbnb estimated.

And hosts in Cardiff who rented their property for the football Champions League final last June earned an average of £288 each, the website said.

Meanwhile, Anthony Eskinazi, the founder of JustPark, which allows people to rent out their car parking spaces, said: “We’ve seen an increase in homeowners listing their spaces before the big day, because it’s a win-win.”

More than 100,000 people are expected to arrive in Windsor for the big day.

Property website Zoopla said it has seen a 30% increase in Windsor-related searches during the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2017.

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