Rachel Meghan Markle, Born August 4, 1981, is a former American Actress who started her career appearing in small roles in various American television shows. However, it was not until the 2011 American legal comedy-drama, Suits, that she got her breakthrough role. After a romantic blind date with him, Markle started dating the Duke of Sussex and eventually got hitched to him in a widely televised ceremony on 19 May 2018, becoming a member of the British Royal family.
Following this, she earned official titles including The Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton, and Baroness Kilkeel. However, she soon retired as an actress and became a senior working royal of the British Monarchy along with her husband, Prince Harry. Following the Megxit in 2020, they have been working on their Archewell audio company, the Netflix documentary, and continue to support good and charitable causes.
What is Meghan Markle's Net worth 2023?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Meghan Markle has a joint net worth of $60 Million with Prince Harry. Before their marriage though, the American actress's net worth was $5 Million, per reports.
If we look at her career before she became royalty herself, she was a part of the American legal drama, Suits, which paid her $50,000 for each episode. She also made a whopping amount of $360,000 from her roles in the 2010 movies Remember Me and The Candidate. Meghan Markle also ran a lifestyle blog going by the name, The Tig, before her marriage to the Prince. According to reports, she made $80,000 annually from sponsorships, endorsements, and branding.
Moreover, for each episode of her reality television show, Deal or No Deal, Markle earned $800. Reports suggest Markle earned a total of $2 million from her acting pursuits.
Now, after her marriage and stepping down as senior royal, the net worth of the couple reportedly remains the same. Although the crown does not finance their lifestyle in any way, the aforementioned figure reflects their independent wealth, which they have earned from various journalistic and entertainment pursuits. According to The Sun, the Duchess of Sussex got a $700,000 advance for her book The Bench, which came out in June 2021. Furthermore, if we speak about their Spotify audio podcast deal, the couple made a hefty amount of $25 million in advance.
But a great deal that the royal couple cracked was that with Netflix which is speculated to be worth $150 million. And well, how can we forget Prince Harry's Spare, an autobiography which may have a price tag of $20, million. Elsewhere, the Sussexes may make more dollars through speaking engagements. They apparently signed a deal with the Harry Clinton agency which also represents the Obamas and the Clintons, and their fee per speech may go up to $1 million, which suggests that their net worth is likely to increase in near future.
Meghan Markle lives an ultra-extravagant luxury millionaire lifestyle. She and Prince Harry collectively spend $1.2 million a month on polo clubs, private jets, royal bling, and a US$500,000 wardrobe.
Meghan Markle’s Early Life
Born to Thomas Markle Sr. and Doria Ragland, in Los Angeles, California, on August 4, 1981, Markle's Zodiac sign is Leo and her ethnicity is mixed race. The 41-year-old actor also has two half-siblings from her father's side. Her first introduction to the television industry came about when she visited sets of Married… with Children, where her father was the director of photography and writing. But it was not until after graduation that she pursued a career in acting.
Notably, she graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in theater and international studies in 2003 and made her acting debut through a small role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital in 2002. In between, she also worked as an intern junior press officer at the American embassy in Argentina and considered a career in politics. Notably, she was also a freelance calligrapher. However, she could not continue it and focused entirely on her acting career.
After her graduation, she hoped for various small gigs like 2010 movies and reality television show deal to deal according to her various interviews, it was because of her ethnicity that she couldn't bag any major role it was only in 2011 that breakthrough Markle got her breakthrough role as Rachel Zane for almost 7 seasons.
Meghan Markle’s family
Rachel Meghan Markle is the daughter of an LA-based yoga instructor and psychotherapist, Doria Ragland, and the Emmy award-winning lighting director, Thomas Markle Sr. Her parents apparently split when she was 6 years old. She also shares two half-siblings from her father's side.
Furthermore, after her first divorce with Trevor Engelson, she tied the knot with Prince Harry back in 2018 and shares two children with him. Her marriage into the royal fold means that she has a brother in law in Prince William, sister in law in Kate Middleton, step-mother in law in Queen Camilla, and a father in law in King Charles, whose coronation she would be skipping; the decision making her admirable in some eyes.
Early Relationship, Marriage, and Kids
Before meeting the Prince of her dreams, Markle reportedly had a few dates and a husband. Among others, her relationship with her ex-husband Trevor Engleson is no news to the world. Having first met him in 2004, they dated for almost 6 years before tying the knot in Jamaica during a four-day beach wedding celebration.
However, Meghan Markle soon left for her very first breakthrough role and the couple had a high-profile divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. From 2013 onwards, she reportedly met a few people on and off but it was only with Prince Harry that she got serious and walked down the aisle at Windsor Castle in 2018. They now share two royally adorable children, son Archie Harrison (born-2019), and daughter Lilibet Diana (Born-June 2021).
Movies and Shows Starring Meghan Markle
According to IMDb, Markle has starred in 31 movies and TV shows from 1995 to 2011. Among others, her most popular projects include the TV series Suits, the 2010 movie, Remember Me; the 2011 movie, Horrible Bosses; the 2005 movie A Lot Like Me; and the 2009 TV series Fringe, in which she played junior FBI agent Amy Jessup.
According to various reports, she earned a total of $2 million from her career as an actress. And although she did not win any awards in the industry, she was nominated for the Teen Style Icon Award.
Her involvement in politics
Meghan Markle has notably been politically active ever since she was 9 years old. At such a tender age, she and her friends reportedly campaigned against the Gulf War. And decades later, she would back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election run, and publicly voice her disappointment with the result in favor of Brexit.
Furthermore, as soon as she gave up her duties as a serving royal, and returned to the USA, Markle immediately got her voting rights back. She also released a video with her husband encouraging American citizens to sign up for the 2020 United States presidential election on National Voter Registration Day. Markle has also advocated paid leaves for parents and has been a feminist throughout her life.
Her latest notable work includes her support for the Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson.
The Public Life of Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle's first public appearance with Prince Harry was one of high anticipation. The couple made their debut at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, in September 2017. She looked stunning in a white shirt and ripped jeans, while Prince Harry wore a black polo shirt and jeans.
Since then, Markle had taken on a number of royal duties, including attending official engagements (26 engagements before marriage) and charity events. She had also become a patron of several organizations, including the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She also involved herself in several humanitarian efforts, including supporting women's rights and gender equality. The Duchess has spoken out about the importance of education for girls and has worked with organizations that provide education and training to women in developing countries.
In addition to her humanitarian work, the Duchess also promotes the arts. She has attended a number of cultural events and has been a strong advocate for the arts in the UK. Furthermore, the couple created a joint Instagram account as a part of establishing a separate administration from Kensington Palace in 2019. It notably broke the record for the fastest account to reach a million followers at that time.
Their first official family tour with their son Archie was to Africa in October 2019. Her final public solo engagement as a senior royal was a visit to Robert Clack School on March 7, 2020, in Dagenham ahead of International Women's Day. In present day, as per the reports, she will also not be attending King Charles' coronation ceremony, which disappointed the monarch.
Meghan Markle's Further Career and Investment
After stepping down as serving royals, the couple hired a New York-based PR firm, Sunshine Sachs which managed their businesses till 2022. They also signed up with the Harry Walker Agency which will enable them to conduct paid public engagements. Furthermore, in September 2020, they signed a million-dollar deal with Netflix and after almost 2 years produced the universally acclaimed documentary, Harry & Meghan. In the December of the same year, they also signed a deal with Spotify to produce their own podcasts.
Furthermore, Meghan Markle's book, The Bench which depicts her husband and son's relationship, also became the New York Times best-seller in 2021. In the same year, she also joined David Furnish to executively produce a Netflix animated series, Pearl, which was later cancelled by Netflix. Notably, She and her husband are also in partnership with a sustainable investment firm, Ethic. Ethic also manages their investments and businesses.
Meghan Markle’s Charity Work
The Duchess of Sussex has been a prominent figure in humanitarian causes and philanthropy. Being at the forefront of various charity works, she advocates for causes like women's rights, gender equality, better healthcare, and mental health awareness. As a Counsellor at One Young World, Markle worked with young people from different countries. She addressed issues that affect their generation. She has also been instrumental in establishing initiatives that empower youths to make a significant impact globally.
Markle is also a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. There she focuses on clean water and female empowerment issues in developing countries. Her work in this area has had a transformative impact on the lives of many women and girls, who, without access to education or clean water, are often left trapped in a cycle of poverty and inequality.
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Markle has also been an advocate for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. She has been a leading voice in international efforts to address and prevent gender-based violence. Notably, in 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) appointed Markle as the Directorial General. There she led a program aimed at providing support to people dealing with the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through her work with these organizations, Markle has helped bring attention to issues that require urgent attention, ranging from the mental health effects of global pandemics to the chronic poverty faced by countless girls and women worldwide. Her continuous advocacy and work with different organizations have inspired many, and she continues to be an exemplary figure in humanitarian causes around the globe.
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Fast Facts About Meghan Markle
|August 4, 1981
|$50,000 per episode before she quit acting
|Doria Ragland, Thomas Markle
|Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
|Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex
|1.68 m (5’6 ft)