When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel and married Prince Harry in May 2018, she also married into the British royal family. It’s was a definite status upgrade, especially because Queen Elizabeth and her heirs make up one of the wealthiest dynasties in the world — $88 million to be exact, Forbes reported. So how did Meghan’s net worth change since becoming the Duchess of Sussex?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 37-year-old used to be valued at $5 million. However, since her and Harry’s net worth combined after tying the royal knot, Meg is believed to be worth between $30 and $45 million, per Entertainment CheatSheet.
The royal family likes to keep hush-hush on their money status, but the mom-to-be‘s net worth was assumed to have skyrocketed thanks to her hubby valuing around $40 million, Town & Country reported. Harry earned his big bucks thanks to a trust that was left from his late mother, Princess Diana, an inheritance from his grandmother and his salary from his days as a British Army captain.
So how did Megan rack up a pretty penny before marrying into one of the wealthiest families in the world? Well, she reportedly pulled in $50,000 for each episode of the USA drama Suits — on which she was a series regular for seven seasons. The duchess also supposedly earned herself $177,000 for her role Remember Me, as well as $160,000 for The Candidate and $145,000 for The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down.
And to think she started off her career as a freelance calligrapher and a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl!
The actress is certainly more famous than her sister-in-law, 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.
And if you think all of that sounds like obscene wealth, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Newsweek revealed that Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is worth a reported $100 million and Queen Elizabeth is worth a reported $500 million. Though the value of the entire British monarchy itself is around $88 billion, only $33 billion of that sum is tangible wealth since 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 another royal baby on the way!