It’s no surprise that unlike other newlyweds,won’t have to fret over finances. But where does their money come from, exactly? Here’s how the newly engaged couple can expect to ‘get by’…
Harry’s army salary
Prince Harry spent ten years earning a wage in the army, having served two tours in Afghanistan as helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps and rose to the rank of Captain during his decade-long stint, earning an estimated annual salary of $45,000 [£33,000], according to Fortune.
Meghan Markle banked a reported $50,000 [£37,000] per episode on Suits, for a whopping take-home pay of $500,000 [£370,000] per year over the course of seven seasons. She could also stand to make residual income every time episodes are repeated. Add that to the paychecks she made for movies like Horrible Bosses and Remember Me, and Markle has likely put away a solid chunk of savings.
Meghan’s endorsement deals
All of her acting work also built up Markle’s sponsorship and brand value. While she shut down her lifestyle website The Tig this year, leftover income from the blog and her clothing line with Reitmans probably added up to an estimated $80,000 [£60,000] Town and Country reports.
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Taxpayers fund the monarchy with approximately £292 million per year, but it’s actually less than it sounds: each taxpayer only pays about 65 pence. That’s because the Queen surrenders all profits from the Crown Estate to the government, who repay her with cash — called the Sovereign Grant — in return. This particular money goes toward travel expenses, palace upkeep, and employee salaries.
Prince Harry’s inheritance
Diana, Princess of Wales, left a sizeable trust fund to both of her sons in her will. Her estate included stocks, shares, jewellery, personal belongings, and money from her divorce settlement, split evenly between the two boys. Prince Harry received his £10 million inheritance when he turned 30.
Prince Charles’ investment properties
Founded in 1337 by Edward the III, this historic private estate is intended to support the heir apparent. Prince Charles technically controls the vast collection of properties and investment portfolio, but he uses it to fund the public, charitable, and private activities of him and his family. Its estimated value is over £700m. When Prince William becomes the Duke of Cornwall, it’s expected he will use the fund in the same way.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.