Here’s How Much the Royal Family Members Would Be Worth if They Were Commoners


Members of the Royal Family | Daniel Leal/Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The royal family is an enigma to the American people. While they’re relatively unimportant from a political standpoint, their family history and money makes them extremely powerful, and one never doubts that they have all the money they need to live a long and healthy life.

Still, both Princes William and Harry worked for a salary at one point in their lives. Their wives both went to university, and Meghan Markle was a successful actress long before she married into one of the most famous families in the world. If Prince William and Prince Harry didn’t have money from inheritances, investments, and British taxpayers, how much would they really be worth?

Prince William

  • Current salary: $62,000
  • Actual net worth: $40 million

Prince William is second in line to the throne with an actual net worth of $40 million. This wealth is a result of his inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana, and a share of over $4 million that his father, Prince Charles, gives to him and Prince Harry to cover “royal expenses.”

However, William is also the first royal in the line of succession to hold a civilian contract. He joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a helicopter pilot in 2014. He earned a reported £40,000 pounds before taxes or about $62,000 a year for his role in the Royal Air Force. Since he has great family wealth, William donates most of his salary to an undisclosed charity.

Kate Middleton

  • Current salary: N/A
  • Actual net worth: $50 million

The Duchess of Cambridge may have married royal, but she didn’t necessarily marry richer. The Middleton family was very wealthy with a family net worth of $50 million largely thanks to their successful online party supply business, Party Pieces.

Middleton’s personal net worth comes from her influence on UK clothing sales and tourism, however, she doesn’t actually spend her family’s money; Prince Charles pays for her wardrobe expenses and most of the countries she visits pay her travel expenses. If she was still a commoner she may have chosen to pursue a career with her art history degree from St. Andrews University. The average salary of an art history major ranges from $40,000 to $60,000.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

Meghan Markle’s wardrobe as a commoner was quite attainable despite her large net worth. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Prince Harry

  • Former salary: $45,251 – $53,286
  • Actual net worth: $40 million

Prince Harry gained access to a $10 million inheritance at age 30 just like Prince William and is issued the same allowance from Prince Charles. He also chose to serve as an officer in the Army Air Cops where he reportedly made a little over $45,000 a year.

Prince Harry then worked as a helicopter pilot for the Army Air Corps where he made between $50,000 and $53,000 annually. He ventured to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment from 2012 to 2013, an oft-overlooked event. If it weren’t for his royal fortune, however, Harry would likely rely on his new wife, Meghan Markle, and her self-made income.

Meghan Markle

  • Former salary: $450,000
  • Actual net worth: $5 million

As there’s no word on a prenuptial agreement between the new Duchess of Sussex and her handsome prince, we assume that Markle and Prince Harry combined assets once they married. As a successful actress, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger, Markle amassed quite a fortune of her own over her working years.

The actress once did freelance calligraphy for money between auditions in order to make ends meet. Town & Country Magazine estimated she earned about $50,000 per Suits episode, which she starred on from 2011 up until her engagement to Prince Harry. She also made around $80,000 a year from sponsorships and endorsement deals which brought her former annual salary to an estimated $450,000.

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