When Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at St. George's Chapel and marries Prince Harry in May, she'll also marry into the British royal family. It's a definite status upgrade, especially because Queen Elizabeth and her heirs make up one of the wealthiest dynasties in the world. But what's Meghan's individual net worth now?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the future duchess is valued at $5 million. She reportedly pulled in $50,000 for each episode of the USA drama Suits — on which she was a series regular for seven seasons — and $171,000 to $187,000 for certain film roles. And to think she started off her career as a freelance calligrapher and a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl!
Meghan on _Deal or No Deal_.
The 36-year-old actress is certainly more famous than Kate Middleton was before she became an item with Prince William, but Meghan's premarital net worth actually ranks lower than Kate's did. The UK's Metro newspaper has reported that Kate was hardly a "commoner" when she married into the family — she was worth about $10.4 million because her family was worth around $52 million at the time.
Meghan's husband-to-be is, predictably, much richer. Thanks to a trust from his late mother, Princess Diana, an inheritance from the Queen Mother, and his salary from his days as a British Army captain, Prince Harry boasts an estimated net worth of $40 million, Town & Country reported. If you think Harry is loaded, however, just wait until you see the net worths of the elder royals. Newsweek has revealed that Harry's father, Prince Charles, is worth a reported $100 million and the Queen is worth a reported $500 million.
And if you think that sounds like obscene wealth, you ain't seen nothin' yet. According to business consultancy Brand Finance, the value of the British monarchy itself is around $88 billion, per Forbes. Granted, only $33 billion of that sum is tangible wealth — the rest is the family's value to their country's economy. "They are like a giant PR campaign for the UK," Brand Finance CEO David Haigh told Reuters. And there's no better tourism campaign for the UK than a royal wedding. We bet Meghan and Harry's nuptials on May 19 will cause quite the tourism boom across the pond!
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