London — The wedding of Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle — set for next spring — is unlikely to do much to boost Britain’s sluggish economy. Past royal weddings have had little impact on the economy, or have even held back growth, as was the case with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in April 2011. For that occasion, the UK was granted an additional public holiday, which came a few days after Easter and just before the May Day bank holiday. The multiple bank holidays, coupled with the warmest April in 100 years, encouraged people to take longer breaks from work, with many leaving the country for extended holidays. In sharp contrast, the 1981 wedding of Prince Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, boosted the British tourism industry, which, along with the rest of the economy, was in the depths of recession at the time. A Downing Street spokesperson said repeatedly on Monday that "there are no plans for a bank holiday" to mark Prince Ha...

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