Meghan Markle Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Ex-Husband

Meghan Markle Net Worth

Meghan Markle has an estimated net worth of $70 million. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, married Prince Harry in 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Before marrying Harry, Meghan had a net worth of $5 million. When they left the British royal family, most of Harry’s wealth came from a trust fund set up by his late mother, Princess Diana, and the financial support from his father Prince Charles

Meghan Markle pursued a career as an actress, starring in a number of series ( TV ) before taking on the role of Rachel Zane on the USA Network series ” Suits.”

Markle, who also ran the lifestyle blog The Tig from 2014 to 2017, made international headlines in 2016 when her romance with Britain’s Prince Harry was revealed.

After announcing their engagement in late 2017, the two married on May 19, 2018, and welcomed their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor the following May. In January 2020, the couple announced their intention to retire from leadership roles in the royal family.

After that, the couple signed a five-year, $100 million production deal with Netflix to produce feature films, children’s shows, and documentaries. Following the Netflix deal, they signed a three-year, $18 million podcasting deal with Spotify.

To calculate the net worth of Meghan Markle, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Meghan Markle
Net Worth: $10 Million
Monthly Salary: $200 Thousand
Annual Income: $5 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Model, TV Personality, British Royal Family Member

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Early Life

Doria, a clinical therapist and yoga instructor, and Thomas, a television lighting and photography director, gave birth to Rachel Meghan Markle on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California.

When Markle was 11, she wrote a letter to various notables, including then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, about a TV commercial depicting women being slowed down by greasy cookware.

When the youngster saw the commercial, his male classmates began yelling that the kitchen was where women belonged. (The language of the advertisement was later changed.) Markle went on to Northwestern University School of Communication to study theater and international relations, graduating in 2003.

Markle made her television debut in 2002 as a guest star on General Hospital, and she went on to appear in a number of other shows, including Cuts, The War at Home, CSI: NY, and 90210. As a biracial actress, Markle would eventually discuss the difficulties of navigating Hollywood’s check-the-box casting landscape while also discovering her voice as an actress.

Starring Role in ‘Suits’

Markle got her big break in 2011 when she was cast as paralegal Rachel Zane on the USA network series Suits, alongside Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, and Gina Torres. The legal drama revolves around the shifting intrigues of a Manhattan corporate law firm, with the astute Zane enrolling at Columbia Law School to pursue her own ambitions of becoming an attorney.

The show became a top performer among USA Network’s scripted shows and began taping its seventh season in 2017, though the network announced that Markle would be leaving the show following the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry.

Markle has also appeared in films such as Get Him to the Greek (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011), and Anti-Social (2015), as well as TV movies When Sparks Fly (2014) and Dater’s Handbook (2016).

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Romance With Prince Harry and Wedding

Previously known for her role on the TV show Suits, Markle made international headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that she was seriously dating Prince Harry of the United Kingdom. The two met while Harry was in Toronto for the Invictus Games, where Suits is filmed. The direction of their romance sparked much speculation, with Markle becoming the most Googled actress of 2016 as a result of the relationship. However, some of the attention was toxic, with Kensington Palace issuing a statement requesting that the couple’s privacy be respected and highlighting the indecency of racist and sexist online trolling directed at the actress.

On November 27, 2017, Markle and Prince Harry announced their secret engagement earlier that month.

Among the messages of congratulations were those from Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who wrote, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and seeing how happy she and Harry are together.”

A few weeks later, Kensington Palace announced that the royal wedding would take place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.

The announcement came shortly after Google announced that Markle had topped the year-end rankings for most searched actress for the second year in a row, finishing only second to fired TV personality Matt Lauer for most Googled person in 2017.

With the release of the couple’s official portrait photographs on December 21, fans had yet another reason to hit the search engines.

In January 2018, it was revealed that Markle was following royal protocol by deactivating her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Markle expressed her gratitude to “everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” through Kensington Palace.

On February 10, more information about the royal wedding became available: The newlyweds would ride in a carriage along the High Street through Windsor Town after the marriage ceremony, which was scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. They would later attend a private evening reception hosted by Prince Charles after an afternoon break.

During a visit to Birmingham on International Women’s Day in March 2018, Markle made headlines by breaking royal protocol — albeit in adorable fashion. When introduced to a 10-year-old student who told the soon-to-be princess that she wanted to be an actress, Markle hugged the girl, breaking the royal family’s handshake-only rule.

Despite their substantial individual assets, the couple refused to sign a prenuptial agreement before their wedding. Insiders cited the lack of prenuptial agreement enforcement in British courts, as well as Prince Harry’s firm belief that the marriage would last.

In late March, Kensington Palace announced that the duchess-to-be and her family would receive a specially designed coat of arms before the wedding. In order to receive his gift, Markle’s father, a US citizen living in Mexico, was reportedly required to prove one of his ancestors was a subject of the Crown.

Markle’s coat of arms was expected to be finished in time for the royal wedding souvenir program, with elements from her design and Prince Harry’s incorporated into the coats of their future children.

On May 19, 2018, the couple married at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. Clare Waight Keller designed the bride’s Givenchy gown. Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title Meghan, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex on Markle.

Markle later revealed that three days before the public wedding, she and Harry had a private ceremony with just the two of them and the archbishop of Canterbury.

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Pre-Wedding Family Drama

On the eve of Markle and Harry’s wedding, a few members of Markle’s family became the subject of almost daily tabloid drama.

Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., warned Prince Harry not to marry Markle, calling her a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman who will make a mockery of you and the royal family heritage.”

He added, clearly offended that he wasn’t invited to the wedding: “… To top it all off, she invites complete strangers to the wedding rather than her own family. Who would do that?” On May 2nd, the letter was published in In Touch.

Soon after, Markle’s father, Thomas Sr., who was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, was allegedly caught staging photos of himself preparing for the big day. When the news broke, Markle’s father was so humiliated that he informed reporters that he was canceling his invitation.

As if that wasn’t enough, Markle’s half-sister, Samantha, publicly defended their father, claiming she was behind the staged photos in the hopes of putting him in a good light. (Despite reports that she and Markle were never close, Samantha, who was not invited to the wedding, is reportedly writing a book about her relationship with Markle and has given interviews on various TV shows.)

Soon after, Thomas Sr. informed the media that he had recently suffered a heart attack and would be unable to attend the wedding. “I despise the idea of missing one of history’s greatest moments and walking my daughter down the aisle,” he told TMZ.

After speaking with Markle, Thomas Sr. quickly changed his mind, but he had to return to his original decision not to attend the wedding because he needed heart surgery.

Markle formally acknowledged her father’s absence through a Kensington Palace statement.

“Unfortunately, my father will not be able to attend our wedding. “I have always cared for my father and hope that he will be given the space he requires to focus on his health,” she said.

Despite the drama, Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was said to be in good spirits and already in London, socializing with the Royal Family and assisting her daughter with her wedding preparations.

Children

Markle and Prince Harry announced on October 15, 2018, that they were expecting their first child in spring 2019. “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, at 5:26 a.m. He was christened two months later, as the seventh in line to the British throne, in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Markle revealed in November 2020 that she had a miscarriage in July of that year.

Markle and Prince Harry announced their second child, a daughter, on Valentine’s Day 2021.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4, 2021, in Santa Barbara, California, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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Life as the Duchess of Sussex

Following the wedding, the couple attended Prince Charles’ birthday party before departing for their honeymoon. Then it was on to more formal events, with Markle making her Buckingham Palace balcony debut on June 10 at Trooping the Colour, a ceremony honoring the Queen’s birthday.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn,” Kensington Palace announced two days later. “Their Royal Highnesses have been invited by the governments of Australia and New Zealand to visit their respective realms. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

Markle made her first public appearance since giving birth in June 2019, when she rode in a carriage with Prince Harry, the duchess of Cambridge, and the duchess of Cornwall at Trooping the Color.

Markle, Harry, and Archie traveled to Africa for the baby’s first royal tour in late September 2019. The duchess made headlines in October, ahead of the airing of the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, for a clip in which she revealed her struggles as a new wife and mother amid intense media scrutiny.

Stepping Back From Royal Duties

On January 8, 2020, after spending the holidays in Canada, Markle and Harry made the surprise announcement that they were retiring from their leadership positions in the royal family and working to become “financially independent.”

“Thanks to your encouragement, especially in recent years, we feel ready to make this adjustment. We now plan to divide our time between the United Kingdom and North America to continue to fulfil our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages,” they wrote in a joint statement on Instagram. “This geographic balance will allow us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition he was born into, while giving our family the space to focus on the next chapter, including the creation of our new charity.”

A few days later, Buckingham Palace released a statement addressing some of the details of the new arrangement, including confirmation that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer receive public funds for royal duties or use the honorary title of His/Her Royal Highness.

The Queen issued an accompanying statement expressing her support for the young couple and noting that she is “particularly proud of how quickly Meghan has become part of the family.”

After settling into their new home in Los Angeles, Markle and Harry closed their Instagram account @SussexRoyal and officially signed off as senior royals on March 31, 2020.

In February 2021, Markle and Harry confirmed that they will not return to their royal roles. They will keep their titles, but will no longer use them. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty the Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the royal family,” a Buckingham Palace statement said. “Following discussions with the Duke, the Queen has confirmed in writing that it is not possible for them to continue to fulfil the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service if they retire from the work of the Royal Family.”

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Tabloid Lawsuit

Following their trip to Africa in early fall 2019, the royals announced they would sue Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, for editing and publishing a private letter from Markle to her father. The lawsuit says the process was “intrusive and unlawful” and part of a broad attempt to damage their reputations.

The pretrial hearing in April 2020 dealt a setback to her case, as the presiding judge agreed to strike Markle’s claims that the publisher acted “dishonestly and in bad faith,” “intentionally dredged up or fomented conflict between Meghan and her father” and “clearly intended to publish intrusive or offensive stories about [her] to portray her in a false and damaging light.”

Oprah Interview

Markle and Harry sat down for a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. In the two-hour special, Markle addressed harsh tabloid rumors, admitted to having suicidal thoughts, discussed race issues – revealing that a member of the royal family was concerned about the skin tone of Markle and Harry’s mixed-race children – and discussed what ultimately led to the couple stepping down as working members of the royal family.

“My hope is that people will take away from this that there is another side, that life is worth living,” Markle said.

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House

Harry and Meghan paid $14.7 million for an estate in Montecito, California, in August 2020. They made a $5 million cash down payment and took out a $10 million mortgage to finance the rest.

Around the same time, they repaid $3 million for the renovation of their family home in the United Kingdom, Frogmore.

Personal Life and Ex-Husband

Markle dated producer Trevor Engelson for several years before the couple married in 2011. They divorced two years later.

Markle has a number of passions, including yoga (following in her mother’s footsteps), calligraphy and cooking. She is also an essayist and has written for Elle UK and ran her own lifestyle blog, The Tig, from 2014 to 2017. Markle’s philanthropic endeavours include becoming a United Nations Women’s Representative and working with the World Vision Clean Water Campaign.

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