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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to be 'paid exorbitantly' due to links to Royal Family

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Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley expects Meghan and Prince Harry to be "sought after" in the US and highly compensated for partnerships and their "celebrity value". And this is because the couple can boast a rare connection other US celebrity will never be able to achieve.

Ms Kelley, who wrote about the Kennedy family, Oprah Winfrey and the royals among others, told the Washington Post: "Harry and Meghan will be sought after socially in America and paid generously (some might say exorbitantly) for their celebrity value.

"Not even the biggest US movie star or sports giant can claim Harry and Meghan's link to the British monarchy."

Upon stepping down as full-time working royals, Meghan and Prince Harry did not relinquish their royal titles.

Rather, the couple continues to style themselves as Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their website Archewell. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can boast a connection to the Firm most other celebrities don't have (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California (Image: GETTY)

They are also introduced at events using their royal titles, including the recent charity concert Vax Live.

The Duke also remains sixth-in-line to the throne - followed by his son Archie and soon by his daughter, to be born during the summer.

Meghan and Harry announced their intention to carve out a new progressive role for themselves within the Firm in January 2020.

According to the plans they outlined in their first statement on Megxit, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to continue to carry out royal engagements. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry launched their Archewell Foundation in late 2020 (Image: GETTY)

However, they also wanted to become independent from the Sovereign Grant and live between North America and the UK.

Meghan and Harry were eventually forced to agree to new terms at a summit in Sandringham on January 18, which saw them effectively stepping down rather than modifying their role within the Royal Family.

From the end of March 2020, Meghan and Harry could no longer carry out royal duties or use the word royal in their branding - a decision that put an end to their Sussex Royal brand.

While retaining their full royal titles, they were also asked not to use their HRH styles and, upon stepping down, also had to start pay for their own security. 


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Prince Harry delivering a speech during Vax Live (Image: GETTY)

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In turn, they could live abroad and pursue financially profitable deals.

In February this year, as the agreed one-year transition period was coming to an end, Meghan and Harry confirmed to the Queen they would not resume their original roles.

This prompted the monarch to ask them to return all their royal and military patronages, with Buckingham Palace saying in a statement: "The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."

In a response that appeared to show their disagreement over this decision, Meghan and Harry said: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal." 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in 2018 (Image: EXPRESS)

After freeing themselves from their royal ties, the Duke and Duchess hit the ground running and struck deals which suggested they may be following in the footsteps of other worldwide famous couples such as the Obamas.

In June 2020, they reportedly signed with the Henry Walker agency for future speaking engagements.

In September, they announced a deal with Netflix, for which Meghan and Harry recently revealed they will produce first a docu-series focusing on a few participants of the Invictus Games, their challenges and strength.

Late last year, the Sussexes also announced they would produce audio content and host a podcast for Spotify, released a special holiday episode last December. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with the Queen in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Both Meghan and Harry have stepped into the world of start-ups, with the Duchess investing in Clevr Blends and the Duke becoming chief impact officer at mental health and coaching firm BetterUp.

While they are now earning their salary, Meghan and Harry continue to support causes close to their heart.

They remain close to the charities and patronages they have retained - including Smart Works, Mayhew and Sentebale - and are partnering up with new associations through their Archewell Foundation.

More recently, they became campaign chairs for Vax Live, an initiative aiming to provide COVID-19 vaccines for everyone around the globe.     

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