Just nine months after announcing their resignation as senior working members of the British royal family, and only six months after their final royal engagements, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are officially on a new career path.
The Sussexes have moved to Santa Barbara, California, signed a massive Netflix deal, teamed up with a speaking engagement firm, and taken back their voices. As they work on new ventures including the eventual launch of their charity organization, they’ve never seemed happier.
Now that they are no longer beholden to certain royal rules, the Sussexes and Meghan in particular, are speaking their minds. However, the pair still have certain rules they must adhere to.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could earn an insane amount of money per speech
As the Sussexes settled in LA, temporarily living at Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills mansion, royal experts had become increasingly concerned about Meghan and Harry’s financial situation. Though the pair were then worth $30 million together, security costs, living expenses, and the debt they were paying back for renovations at their U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage were adding up.
Still, the pair could do very little amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, in the midst of the chaos, the Sussexes signed a contract with Harry Walker Agency who also have clients like the Obamas and Meghan’s best friend, Serena Williams. An insider told Express, “Meghan and Harry will be engaging in moderated discussions and keynote speeches with trade associations, corporations and community forums.”
Sources claimed that the couple could earn $1 million for a single public speaking event.
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Through public events and engagements are not happening at the moment, Meghan has been using her voice to speak out, working with organizations like Makers and Voices For Change.
The duchess, who couldn’t speak about politics a senior royal has been urging people to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. She also voiced her excitement to see Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris on the ballot and she’s been speaking out for the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, there may be topics that are off limits for the Sussexes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Marke have rules for public speaking engagements
The Telegraph recently got a hold of the Sussexes’ public speaking engagement rules and they make a lot of sense. For starters, an organization must complete a “Virtual Event Request Form” to request the Sussexes through the Harry Walker Agency. The Telegraph reports,
All event sponsors must be declared upfront, as well as what they are receiving in return for their sponsorship. The Sussexes have the final say on who introduces them and who moderates the discussion. Bookers must also share the exact fee they’re offering, and provide a list of expected audience members.
Additionally, the prince has agreed not to participate in anything that makes fun of the royal family. Branding, speakers, and attire must also be disclosed. Also because this is all virtual at the moment, Meghan and Harry ask for the booker’s “contingency plan” should they run into “connectivity issues” during the event.
It sounds ideal to us.