Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to rake in £1billion as they cash in after Megxit, a financial expert has said.
Harry and Meghan are expected to pull in hundreds of millions with an empire based around book deals, TV appearances, public speaking, fashion and brand partnerships.
It comes as the Duke and Duchess are set to officially cut royal ties on March 31, with them no-longer allowed to use the brand Sussex Royal in the future.
Robert Watts, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List, estimates the couple are on course to triple the £355million net worth of the Beckhams.
He said: “You can’t underestimate the international appeal of being a Royal.”
The money expert has probed Harry and Meghan’s financial background to make his incredible assessment of the duo.
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Watts told Hello!: “And the appeal is even bigger in the US, Canada and the rest of the world.
“The couple already have an eight-figure fortune, perhaps one as large as £20 million.
“I think it’s possible that in ten years’ time, Prince Harry and Meghan could make it on to the Sunday Times Rich List with £500million and £1billion in the longer term.”
He described a Prince marrying a successful TV actress as “something special” that could lead to incredibly lucrative moneymaking opportunities.
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The couple’s first year post-Megxit will be “pivotal” as they forge deals to open the financial floodgates.
Prince Charles’s biographer Tom Bower has accused Meghan of trying to “commercialise the monarchy”.
He said: “She has a whole career of commercial exploitation of herself.
"She has absolutely no status apart from being attached to the royal family.”
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Harry and Meghan already are reportedly cashing in – estimated to made hundreds of thousands of pounds for a speech at an event by JP Morgan.
The couple have expressed their wish to be “financially independent” as they announced they were leaving the Royals in January.
Taxpayer-funding had propped up the Sussex’s, along with support from Harry’s dad Prince Charles.
It is believed they will now be spending most of their time in Canada and the US, with reports they are also looking to buy a home in Malibu in California.
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Meanwhile, a Labour MP has said it is a "reasonable question" to ask whether UK taxpayers should foot the bill for the Sussexes security when they move across the Atlantic. e.
The move raised questions over the costs of the couple's security during their time in North America.
Labour MP Stephen Doughty said it was "deeply concerning" that UK taxpayers may have to pay for this at a time when police budgets are stretched.
During a Commons debate on police funding, he said: "I wouldn't normally bring up this sort of thing, but it has concerned me.
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"And I'm fully respectful of their right to choose a different path themselves, but the royal couple, Harry and Meghan, I understand there are some quite serious concerns being raised about the spiralling costs of policing and protection for them which could be apparently spiralling into tens to hundreds of millions of pounds.
"I find that deeply concerning because when we're looking at some of the challenges faced in our own communities, people will rightly ask 'where's the money for our police officers? Should we be funding that security overseas?'
"And I think that's a very reasonable question to be asking."
Armed security is provided by the Metropolitan Police at the request of the Home Office.
The Government does not comment on security arrangements or the related costs for royals or their residences as such information "could compromise the integrity of these arrangements and affect the security of the individuals protected".
Following the Sussexes' announcement in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said no decisions had yet been taken about who will fund protection for the couple as they split their time between the UK and Canada.
In an interview with Canadian television channel Global, Mr Trudeau said: "I think that is part of the reflection that… needs to be had, and there are discussions going on."
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