The British crown could lose up to $ 21.7 million in tourist revenue due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, according to estimates advanced this week by the American magazine Neewsweek.
This “breach” in the coffers of the British monarchy is directly related to the fact that UK palaces have closed because of covid-19, a disease that killed at least 323,370 people and infected more than 4.9 million worldwide
Crown officials have already been warned that "very difficult times are ahead, as summer vacations in the UK are to be canceled, blocking flights and tourism, according to an internal memo to which the British newspaper Sun had access.
British citizens themselves will also be unable to visit iconic spots, such as Buckingham Palace, the Queen's residence in London, or Windsor Castle, where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were married two years ago.
The pandemic forced social distance, which in turn forced the closure of several royal residences that annually generate millions for the finances of the British royal family and its hundreds of employees.
The public commitments of Queen Isabel II, who is part of the pandemic risk group, are also on hold, since they require her presence.
The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 323,370 people and has infected more than 4.9 million worldwide since December, according to an AFP agency balance sheet at 11:00 on Wednesday, based on official data.
The United States, which recorded its first death in early February, is the country most affected in terms of number of deaths and cases, with 91,938 deaths in 1,528,661 cases. After the United States, the countries most affected are the United Kingdom, with 35,341 deaths for 248,818 cases, Italy with 32,169 deaths (226,699 cases), France with 28,022 deaths (180,809 cases) and Spain with 27,778 deaths (232,037 cases).