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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Relying on Diana's Inheritance After Royal Exit. Internet Asks 'How Much'?

Photo: Reuters, Google Trends

Photo: Reuters, Google Trends

Prince Harry has revealed that he was able to financially cut himself off from the British royal family only because his late mother Princess Diana left him an inheritance.

Prince Harry, in his recent interview with American talkshow host Oprah Winfrey, has revealed that he was able to financially cut himself off from the British royal family only because his late mother Princess Diana left him an inheritance. He also suggested that she left him the money because she may have foreseen their current situation. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that they were currently living off the money Diana left Harry after being forced to step back financially from royal life after they decided to quit and move to the United States. In January 2020, Harry and Meghan agreed to give up their royal titles and stop receiving public funds as part of a settlement with the Queen that lets them spend more private time in Canada.

However, the world now really, really wants to know how much Prince Harry inherited. According to Google Trends, questions like “how much did Diana leave Harry?”, “how much is Prince Harry worth?” or “how much did Prince Harry inherit?” have been the top trends on the search platform in the last four hours. Take a look:

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Last year, when Harry and Meghan were cut off financially, the question arose — how would they sustain themselves and their royal lifestyle? Turns out, they never had to worry about money in the first place. According to this 2020 report by The Street, Prince Harry was worth $40 million at the time and his wife, Meghan, was worth around $5 million as a successful Hollywood actor.

Plus, Harry had his late mother’s inheritance which was left to him and his brother, William, by Diana after her death in 1997. Princess Diana reportedly left each of her sons $10 million in the form of a trust that they would be able to access only when they turned 30. From the age of 25, the two sons would start getting $450,000 annually from their respective trusts. That amount should be worth around $13.8 million now, according to magazine Marie Claire.

Both Harry and William have access to another multi-million dollar inheritance from their great-grandmother and Queen: £14 million ($19.3 million) which is to be split between the two brothers. Marie Claire says that Harry is to get the bigger share because he won’t be getting the many financial perks that William will, when he becomes king.

In the Oprah interview, Harry and Meghan touched upon multiple other topics including their second child, Meghan’s battle with mental health issues, racism and their infant son, Archie.

Harry he felt “really let down” by his father as he and wife Meghan opened up about quitting Britain over her harsh treatment by the British press and the lack of support from the royal family. He added that Charles — the heir to the throne — and Harry’s older brother William were “trapped” by the conventions of the monarchy, but vowed that he would “always love” his father.

Meghan revealed that a barrage of negative coverage in the British press had driven her to the point where life no longer seemed worth living.

“I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. And I… just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought,” she said in the two-hour CBS spot with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in 2018, said she told the royal family she was struggling and needed professional help but was told “that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”