Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘need to make money’ after months of work behind the scenes

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Meghan and Prince Harry haven’t “earned anything” since stepping down as senior royals in late March, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl. The royal commentator told ET online: “They do need to make money. 

“They’ve been in LA since March, they left the Royal Family at the end of March, and as yet, they haven’t actually earned anything.”

Meghan and Harry announced in January their intention to step back as full-time working royals to become financially independent while continuing to represent the Crown and the Queen abroad and in the UK.

However, following crunch talks with the monarch, senior royals and senior aides, Meghan and Harry agreed on relinquishing their rights to carry out royal duties, use their full titles and change their brand name.

While they are not known to have signed any profitable deal since March, Meghan and Harry have been far from inactive during the lockdown. 

In June, a source close to the couple claimed the Sussexes had signed with the Harry Walker Agency, a firm which represents several A-listers including the Obamas.

A collaboration with this high-profile agency would surely offer the couple a source of income.

Meghan and Harry have also continued to work behind the scenes on their organisation, Archewell, as well as help individuals and charities during the COVID-19 crisis and the US protests. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained in touch with their patronages to hear about the struggles they are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

And, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the couple has ramped up their commitment to fighting racial inequality.

Over the past few weeks, Meghan and Harry got in touch with associations close to the Black Lives Matter movement to deepen their knowledge of the issues addressed by the group and learn how to help.  

Meghan also delivered a raw speech to the graduating class of 2020 at Immaculate Heart, her former high school.

Recalling her memories of the 1992 LA riots, Meghan said: “I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.

“I was 11 or 12 when I – I was just about to start the Immaculate Heart Middle School in the fall – it was the LA riots, which was also triggered by a senseless act of racism.

“And I remember the curfew, and I remember rushing back home, and on that drive home seeing ash falling from the sky, and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke coming out of buildings and seeing people rushing out of homes carrying bags and looting.  

“And I remember seeing a man in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles.

“And I remember pulling up to the house and seeing the trees, that have always been there, completely charred.

“And those memories don’t go away.”

Similarly, Prince Harry spoke of unconscious bias and institutional racism in a video recorded for the virtual Diana Awards. 

The Duke said: “My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past.

“I, too, am sorry — sorry that we haven’t got the world to a place you deserve it to be.

“Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic.

“Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you.”   

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