Royal families may no longer carry the influence and prestige they once did in their heyday, but they remain one of the most influential and most famous families in the modern world. It is why when news broke of Meghan Markle getting married to Prince Harry; the announcement was met with joy and jealousy from fans and those who wished it was them. Since then, Meghan Markle has grown, not just in popularity, but also in net worth.
In this article, we examine how much the Duchess of Sussex is worth now, including how she made money before Prince Harry and how she makes money now. Check it out below.
What is Meghan Markle’s Net Worth?
Before she became a royal, served by tens and hundreds of stewards, Meghan Markle was a hardworking young woman who strived to make something of herself as an actress.
Ever since she made her debut onscreen as an unnamed character in the show, Married…with Children at the age of 14, she developed a passion for acting, and after seven years, returned to the profession in pursuit of a full-fledged professional career.
Her hard work as an actress helped Meghan Markle to a net worth of $5 million earned over the course of 16 years as an adult actress.
Of course, that is her net worth before she married into the Royal family, and since she did, her net worth is believed to have ballooned to $30 million, according to Closer Weekly. The boost in her net worth comes from her husband, who is worth an estimated $40 million.
How Does She Make Her Money?
An excellent way to look at how Meghan Markle makes her money and achieved her net worth is to see it through the lens of before her marriage to Prince Harry and after her marriage to Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle’s Net Worth Before Marrying Prince Harry
The Duchess of Sussex, well before she had the Royal Family in her sight, began her professional career working as a freelance calligrapher and an aspiring actress.
Her first adult role was in an episode of the soap opera, General Hospital, where she guest-starred as Jill. She appeared in a couple more shows like Cuts, Love, Inc, The War at Home, and several others before she secured her highly lucrative role as Rachel Zane in Suits in 2011.
According to available information, Meghan Markle built her $5 million net worth pre-Prince Harry by earning $50,000 per episode, over the course of 100+ episodes, translating to more than $500,000 earned over the course of the show.
Aside from her income from Suits, Meghan also earned considerably from her work in Film, making six figures for various film roles over the course of her time as an actress. She earned $177,000 for her role in Remember Me and $160,00 for her role in the short film, The Candidate. She also received $145,000 for her role in The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down.
As an actress, she starred in a total of 31 movies and TV shows, during which she is estimated to have made more than $2 million in income.
Aside from her income from acting, Meghan Markle also built her considerable net worth pre-Prince Harry from sponsorships and endorsements. She made an estimated $80,000 per year from endorsement deals, most noticeably from the Canadian store brand, Reitmans, with whom she had two collections.
She also made an estimated $77 thousand through her lifestyle blog, The Tig, which she operated between 2014 and 2017.
Meghan Markle’s Net Worth After Marrying Prince Harry
After she got married to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has had to give up on her career as an actress. Although she still earns residuals from her roles as an actress, she now makes money from allowance given to her and her husband by The Duchy of Cornwall, as a representative of the Queen at various events, such as state dinners, royal tours, charity organizations, and more.
The Royal family has a preference for keeping the specifics away from the public, but it is believed to be a considerable sum, as shown by a recent controversy faced by the former actress and her husband, Prince Harry, after they reportedly spent an estimated $3 million in the renovation of their Frogmore Cottage home.
Her current net worth of $30+ million also comes from her husband, who achieved the bulk of the net worth via inheritance from his mother, Princess Diana.