A Royal Money Maker
Prince William's fiancée, Kate Middleton, has a face that launched a thousand tschotskes. Crown Jewels condoms, Kate and Wills Meat Pies, and a refrigerator featuring Mario Testino's official engagement photo are but a few of the tacky products bearing the princess-to-be's likeness ahead of the Royal wedding on April 29. In comparison to regal marriages of yore, which were artful political tools used to balance power between ruling dynasties, the modern royal wedding appears to be a singular crass yet lucrative business opportunity. Economists project that once the newlyweds trot down the aisle, over $1.6 billion will have been injected into the British economy. But laugh all your want: a Charles and Diana ceremonial bottle of champagne is listed on eBay for a whopping $1,500.