How Much Does Kate Middleton Make as Duchess of Cambridge?

Kate Middleton is one of the most popular members of the royal family. Her longtime relationship with Prince William has placed her in the public eye for well over a decade, and in that time, fans have watched her get engaged, married in grand style, and eventually welcome three children.

Throughout it all, Kate Middleton has remained the picture of poise and elegance. As it turns out, Middleton had some practice living the posh life even before marrying into the royal family.

Is Kate Middleton’s family wealthy?

Kate Middleton
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Kate Middleton was born in 1982 to parents Michael and Carole Middleton. She has two younger siblings, one brother and one sister (Pippa Middleton, who made a splash at the 2011 royal wedding in her form-fitting bridesmaid dress).

Middleton’s parents founded a business called Party Pieces in 1987 when Kate Middleton was only five years old. Their business sells mail-order party supplies and decorations and ended up making the family quite wealthy

Thanks in part to Party Pieces, Kate Middleton was able to attend some of the very best schools in the world, including the famed University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

While she was a student at St. Andrews, Middleton met her future husband, Prince William. The two dated for years before eventually getting married in 2011, and during that time, Middleton worked a variety of jobs, including a stint at Party Pieces.

Altogether, prior to marrying Prince William, and including her stake in the family’s business, Kate Middleton’s net worth was estimated to be around $10 million

How does the royal family make money?

In general, the royal family doesn’t like to share information about how they make and maintain their wealth. However, what is certain is that the royals earn a great deal of money from the Sovereign Grant, a lump sum from the government that helps to cover the family’s expenses, including housing upkeep and staff. 

As for Prince William and Kate Middleton, their wealth comes from several sources, including income from their private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall. Established in 1337, the Duchy of Cornwall owns a wide swathe of land all over the country and continues to be a prime source of income for Prince Charles and his whole family.

In addition to the Duchy of Cornwall and various expensive pieces of personal property, Prince William, along with his younger brother, Prince Harry, have inherited money from their late mother, Princess Diana, which they continue to draw from.

She also left them a beautiful collection of jewelry, pieces from which both brothers have gifted to their wives over the years.

How much is Kate Middleton worth?

Individually, Kate Middleton’s net worth is around $10 million, but when combined with that of her husband, Prince William, that number grows substantially. Prince William’s net worth is anywhere from $25 million to $40 million, so altogether, the couple’s net worth comes in at approximately $40 to $50 million

Even though Middleton’s individual net worth of $10 million might seem paltry compared to the royal family’s overall wealth, it is worth noting that her net worth is still estimated to be double that of both Camilla Parker-Bowles and Meghan Markle.

Of course, all figures relating to Middleton’s net worth aren’t fixed, and because the royal family likes to keep financial matters private, it is unlikely that fans will ever get an exact amount to place next to Middleton’s name. In the years to come, as Prince William and Kate Middleton get even closer to assuming the throne, their net worth will only continue to rise.