When Prince Harry and Megan Markle announced on 8 January 2020 that they planned to leave their positions as senior royals and become financially independent, the world was in shock. Markle was worth an estimated $5 million (£3.9m) thanks to her career as an actress, and she made a reported $50,000 (£39k) per episode of Suits. Meanwhile Prince Harry was thought to be worth at least $25 million (£19.3m), much of which he inherited from his late mother. Over the last year, the Sussexes have reportedly signed a $100 million (£73.1m) deal with Netflix to produce their own series, as well as a podcasting deal with Spotify rumoured to be worth around $25 million (£18.26m). Commercial deals such as these will likely fund the costs associated with being royals, in name at least – not least their security.
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