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Inside the Big Business of Royal Weddings

  • Tacky wedding souvenirs range from teacups to heritage condoms
  • Interest in newest royal couple drives media sales, traffic
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Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg; Animation: Marisa Gertz/Bloomberg

In quitting Hollywood to marry a prince, Meghan Markle is giving up a successful career to join the business of being a British royal.

And what a money-making machine it is—though it often tests the boundaries of good taste and escapes the control of the monarchy. To celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to his American bride this Saturday, fans can buy wooden spoons with the couple’s faces, swimsuits—even condoms.