Meghan Markle Has No Claim to the Royal Fortune if She Divorces Prince Harry, Even Without a Prenup

by Jeremy Spirogis
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

It’s not a pleasing factor to consider, however contemplating
the royal household’s track
record with divorce
, it’s not less than value mentioning. With Prince Harry and
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex making main life choices like exiting the royal
household as senior working royals, it’s inflicting some followers to query what
would happen if they split
.

The couple appears extra in love and happier than ever proper
now. But the yr is younger, and since each Harry and Meghan have divorced mother and father,
they’re statistically extra prone to get divorced themselves. Plus, Meghan was
married and divorced as soon as already.

If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did name it quits, they’d have a variety of preparations to work out, together with a mutually authorized custody settlement. But one factor the royal household gained’t have to fret about is Meghan getting away with any of the royal fortune — despite the fact that this couple by no means signed a prenup.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | VICTORIA JONES/AFP by way of Getty Images

Prince Harry mentioned no to a prenup as a result of he didn’t consider
his marriage might finish

Prenups — particularly ones with wild clauses — are a mainstay in Hollywood. But the royal household performs by completely different guidelines and subsequently doesn’t hassle with prenups more often than not.

Rumor has it that royal courtiers did urge Prince Harry to
signal a prenup earlier than marrying Meghan, however he refused as a result of he figured there
was no likelihood of getting divorced. “He’s decided that his marriage will
be an enduring one, so there’s no want for him to signal something,” a friend of
his told
Daily Mail
.

Prince Harry and Meghan MarklePrince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images

Most royal relations don’t hassle with prenuptial
agreements

It seems the Duke of Sussex’s determination to skip the prenup
wasn’t too unusual. In reality, most royals don’t hassle with prenuptial
agreements as a result of even when they did get divorced, there’s no manner of their
former spouses accessing the royal fortune.

According to Forbes, the British royal household is worth
around $88 billion
, with the queen’s internet value at proper round $500 million
of that. But despite the fact that royal spouses take pleasure in the advantages of being married to
such a rich household, it doesn’t imply the cash ever belongs to them.

For instance, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at present reside at Frogmore Cottage — although they did say they’ll be splitting their time between there and North America. If the couple divorces, they wouldn’t get to promote the property and cut up the earnings as a result of it by no means technically belonged to them within the first place.

The property is owned by the Crown Estate, which is overseen by Queen Elizabeth.

British royal familyBritish royal family
British royal household | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prenups aren’t enforced within the United Kingdom

American royal followers is likely to be stunned to search out that
prenuptial agreements aren’t
legally binding
within the United Kingdom anyway, so getting one is extra of a formality
than something. However, when an enormous distinction of property exists between a pair,
it may be a clever determination to attract up paperwork which may be used throughout divorce
proceedings.

The royal household is aware of there is no such thing as a manner for Meghan to get a
chunk of their cash if she and Prince Harry divorce. But she might be entitled
to a few of Harry’s
personal fortune
, which comes from his inheritance and different private property.
It’s all going to depend upon how good her lawyer is at arguing the case.

Or, they could keep collectively perpetually, which might make this
complete hypothesis moot. We can solely hope!  

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