Guest denies selling goodies for $38k


THE woman accused of flogging a royal wedding gift bag for almost $38,000 on eBay today insisted she had not cashed in.

However, when questioned by The Sun online, Claire Oliver refused to reveal what she had done with the pricey memento.

The HR worker, who lives in London, was reportedly one of dozens of people who had flogged their highly desirable gift bags online.

However when confronted, she insisted the claims were wrong.

“It’s completely inaccurate. I’ve not sold it and that’s all I’m saying,” she said.

A man, believed to be her father, also answered the door but declined to comment.

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Ms Oliver apparently sold off the thoughtful gift after being one of the 1200 non-VIP­ members of the public invited to share in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day outside St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

The Daily Mail reported she had shared her excitement about the big day, tweeting: “I got to watch the royal wedding right outside Windsor Castle in this amazing setting. Such an amazing day #Goldenticket #Royalconnections.”

But the excitement apparently didn’t last long as her complimentary goodie bag was posted on eBay hours later where it eventually went for £21,400 ($A$37,800).

The hessian bags, inscribed with the couple’s initials, contained a welcome letter, commemorative chocolate coin, bottled Windsor Castle water, fridge magnet, official order of service, a voucher for a royal gift shop and a tin of shortbread.

Ms Oliver received more than 80 bids on her listing — with one bid of £60,000 ($A106,100) retracted — before managing to sell it.

The young woman is not believed to have received the cash yet.

According to eBay rules, bids can only be retracted within one hour if there is less than 12 hours in the auction to go. The decision to allow a bid to be cancelled is up to the seller.

But Ms Oliver isn’t the only opportunist to sell off the commemorative bag, with a number of other bags put up for sale just hours after the wedding that saw everyone from the Queen to the Clooneys attend.

One seller called Chrisofwilliams, from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, stands to make more than $70,000 after putting his commemorative bag on eBay.

The gift was initially listed for $1.75 on Sunday, with the seller saying: “Buy a piece of history and memorabilia to celebrate a momentous special day for Britain’s and the royal family.

“I am selling my limited goodie bag for guests of royal wedding of Meghan and Harry 19th May 2018.

“Official bag with full contents containing commemorative chocolate coin unopened sealed and in original condition, labelled spring water bottle unopened and sealed in original condition; royal wedding fridge magnet unopened in original packaging, the castle spectator badge and a tub of ‘handbag shortbread’ unopened as well as a marriage order of service booklet and a 20 per cent off voucher of middle ward shop in Windsor castle.

“Don’t miss out on this limited once in a lifetime opportunity to have a piece of royal history.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.



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