How Meghan Markle & Prince Harry fund their luxury lifestyles with multi-million pound deals & what they could do next | The Sun

THEY sensationally quit the Royal Family with hopes of finding "financial independence" outside the walls of Windsor.

And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a string of multi-million pound deals to fund their luxury lifestyle on their own terms in LA.

From their £11million, sun-drenched California mansion, the couple are believed to have netted hundreds of millions in their new life.

Here's how they're raking in some of their cash.


Reported worth: At least £100m

In one of their first blockbuster deals, the pair signed a contract with Netflix reportedly worth over £100million.

They were criticised in some quarters for inking the agreement with the streaming giant after its controversial portrayal of Harry’s family in its drama series The Crown.


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Harry appears to have ignored calls to ditch the deal over The Crown’s portrayal of his mother — after her pal quit the series calling it “disrespectful”.

Jemima Khan, 47, Diana’s close confidante, walked out of her advisory role on the show and demanded her name be removed from credits.

She said her friend’s story was not being “told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped” and asked for her contributions to be cut from the show.

Angela Levin, author of Harry: A Biography of a Prince, previously said Harry should "tear the deal up and make a stand for his mother".

As part of the deal, Meghan was drafted to release an animated series called Pearl – however it was dumped before being produced.

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Reported worth: At least £18m

Meghan and Harry's deal with popular music streaming service Spotify is reported to have banked the couple at least £30m.

After more than a year on from signing the contract, Meghan launched her Archetypes series.

An insider said the Duchess was "the driving force behind" the huge Archewell Audio podcast deal.

Eight episodes of the audio series have been released since its launch on August 23, featuring conversations with tennis player Serena Williams, pop star Mariah Carey, and actress and producer Mindy Kaling.

The royal couple's mammoth fee means they will likely earn more than Forbes’s highest-earning podcaster, Joe Rogan, who made $30million (£22million) last year, with 190million downloads a month.

Book deals

Reported worth: At least £35m

Harry has already pocketed half of the cash from his £35m memoir as he tells his story "at last".

The Duke of Sussex's long-awaited biography has been named "Spare" – with publishers confirming it would be released on January 10.

The Sun revealed last month that Prince Harry was hastily making changes to the "explosive" book in the wake of the Queen's death and fears he could mar The King's coronation.

Meghan also wrote a children's book, called The Bench, which was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry shortly after son Archie was born.

A branding expert told MailOnline her advance could have been worth £500,000.

Clevr Blends

Reported worth: Multi-millions

Meghan invested in Clevr Blends- a start-up which makes 'superlattes' in powder form.

The value of her part in the deal is not known, but is believed to pull in millions after she poured in cash as the brand got off the ground.

She was judged online for enlisting of her famous friends to help flog the product, including billionaire chat show friend Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian.

Piers Morgan jumped on the criticism, labelling her investment in the £21 vegan chai latte a "load of old twaddle".

Inheritance and investments

Reported worth: At least £14m

When Princess Diana died in August 1997, her net worth was estimated to be around £21million.

This included stock investments, jewellery, clothes, funds and the £17million money from her divorce settlement.

Her net wealth was divided among a number of people, including the lion share to her sons, a quarter going to her 17 godchildren and some to her long-time butler Paul Burrell.

In his interview with Oprah, Harry revealed he and Meghan had relied on his inheritance from his late mum to fund moving to the US.

He said: "I brought what my mum left me. And without that, we would not have been able to do this."

Although he did not reveal the sum during the chat, it is understood Harry was left about £6.5million ($9million) when his mother died.

This increased to around £10million ($13.9million) on his 30th birthday after the original amount was invested and gathered interest.

It is also believed he split about £14 million with Prince William from his great-grandmother when the Queen Mother died in 2002, from her estimated £70 million fortune.

What they could do next:

Speaking engagements

The couple could be making millions from simply speaking at events – that is, if their strict list of demands doesn’t get in the way.

The pair are understood to have signed up with elite New York firm the Harry Walker Agency, whose clients include the Obamas and Meghan's pal Serena Williams.

Former US president Barack Obama reportedly earned nearly $400,000 (£320,000) for one 2017 speech. 

And the Sussexes could net even more – with suggestions they could charge $1million (£756,000) a time.

Meghan gave her first speech in Britain since Megxit at the One Young World summit in Manchester.

Sponsored posts

Like countless other celebs, the Duke and Duchess could turn to Instagram if they ever find themselves rummaging for cash.

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The couple could earn £85,000 for just one sponsored post to their more than 10million followers, according to the influencer marketing agency

They’d be following in the footsteps of Instagrammers Stacey Solomon, Sam and Billie Faiers, and Jacqueline Jossa.

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