Woman’s Day (Australia)
Harry & Meghan’s $59m prenup
They’re bucking royal trends again! This time over money, and the Queen approves
They don’t call him the “wild” prince for nothing! After shaking things up in the royal family by professing his love for divorced US actress Meghan Markle, Prince Harry is once more breaking with tradition as the couple prepare to say “I do” later this year.
After Woman’s Day reported last week that Harry and Meghan have locked in September 22 for their big day, palace insiders have revealed the pair’s lawyers are busily drawing up a prenuptial agreement to protect their assets, and to ensure they each retain financial independence.
The move has caused a stir among senior royals as both Harry’s father Prince Charles and his older brother Prince William refused to sign similar paperwork ahead of their own weddings. But it seems the 32-year-old prince is determined to call the shots when it comes to his relationship.
Harry is worth an astounding $52 million, while Meghan, despite being a star in her own right, is worth just $7 million. Still, she’s adamant she’ll be a modern princess and thinks it’s only sensible to be prepared should things not work out.
“Meghan’s team were the ones who initiated the prenup to ensure both their assets are financially protected, and to avoid what could be a nightmare if they break up down the line,” a royal insider says. “She thinks it’s very important they retain financial independence.
“Having this agreement drawn-up is a commitment in itself, given it will cost thousands in legal fees. It’s a sure sign Harry is serious about announcing the wedding soon, and the prenup is due to be signed and sealed in the next week or two.”
While some senior royals are up in arms, Harry’s granny Queen Elizabeth, who has met 35-yearold Meghan, is believed be supportive of their decision.
“While it’s not royal protocol and is very much a break from tradition, the Queen understands Meghan – with a successful career and her own profile carved out – is a modern woman with modern ways.”