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Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 39, stepped down as senior royals in March with plans to become financially independent from the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could earn more than $250million (£190million) under an agreement struck with Netflix last week. But royal expert Duncan Larcombe has warned the couple are “public property whether they like it or not” after signing the deal.
Speaking on the Royal Beat, royal biographer Angela Levin said: “They want to be out of the goldfish bowl, this is the biggest goldfish bowl.”
Mr Larcombe added: “That’s actually a really good point.
“Now that this couple has signed the deal.
“Whether they like it or not that’s a deal that almost makes them public property again.
“They will be scrutinised for everything they do and the question will be with Meghan, going from a C-list celebrity to the stardom that she enjoys now.
“People will be looking at all the output and say, ‘is that really up to scratch or have they just got the job because of who they are?'”
Journalist Kate Thornton said: “What we don’t know is whether or not they will be appearing on camera.”
Mr Larcombe added: “It’s unlikely with those two that they won’t be.”
Journalist Victoria Murphy defended the comments as she said: “I’ve been told she has no plans to go back into acting.
“I don’t think they’ve ruled out potentially appearing in factual programming and documentaries.
“They are both very good at being on camera and very engaging. I would be surprised if they didn’t do that in some capacity.”
Mr Larcombe noted: “You think some of the Netflix executives think they’re going to be on the screen and not just behind it.”
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It comes as the couple has paid back £2.4million of taxpayers’ money used to renovate Frogmore Cottage.
A spokesman for Harry confirmed the Duke had settled the bill in full by making a contribution to the Sovereign Grant.
The payment was made possible thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new multi-million pound Netflix deal, a source said.
The source added that Harry and Meghan were now fully financially independent and they viewed the payment as “another significant step in their new life”.
The insider said: “There was never any request from the Queen nor the Crown Estate to repay this but it was something they wanted to do. It was important to them that they did not want to be seen to be drawing on the taxpayer.”
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