Actress Meghan Markle—the 36-year-old who's marrying Prince Harry today, May 19—has had a successful career. Her most high-profile role to date is playing Rachel Zane on the television show Suits, but she's also appeared on other popular shows, like CSI: Miami and 90210.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games
And while she used to do freelance calligraphy to earn money in between auditions, Markle is now reportedly pulling in six figures for her acting jobs alone. According to knownetworth.com, she makes more than $50,000 per episode on Suits, and her annual salary is "around $450,000, which also includes around $80,000 worth of annual sponsorship/endorsements income." The site also reports that she was paid $187,000 for appearing in the film Remember Me and $171,429 for The Candidate, which were both released in 2010.
WITH ALL THAT INCOME, COULD MARKLE BE RICHER THAN HER ROYAL HUSBAND?
Not quite, according to celebritynetworth.com. The wealth-tracking site estimates that she is worth $5 million compared to the prince's $40 million, a sum he's accumulated from funds left in trust to him by his mother, Princess Diana, an inheritance from the Queen Mother, and his former salary as a captain in the British Army.
Besides acting, Markle also had a lifestyle website called The Tig, which she shut down in April 2017. That same month, she ended her partnership with the Canadian retailer Reitmans, with whom she released two sold-out clothing collections.
She deleted her Instagram account too, but before that Cosmopolitan reports she "was able to tap into the wonderful world of celebrity #SponCon (sponsored content) and endorsements"—accounting for the $80,000 figure cited above.
WHO PAYS FOR HER CLOTHING?
In Markle's first nine royal events with Prince Harry, the cost of the clothes she wore totaled $28,688. The outfit she wore to a Christmas service in Sandringham with the royal family reportedly cost nearly $10,000 alone, and the Ralph & Russo gown she wore in her first official portrait with the prince (above) was a whopping $78,000.
So who is paying for all of that? Prince Harry and Markle cover the expenses themselves, People reports, as it's against royal protocol to accept free clothes. After she marries the prince on Saturday (in a dress that she will reportedly pay for herself), Markle will be able to use part of Prince Charles's $28-million Duchy of Cornwall income for her clothing budget, according to the magazine. Last year, for example, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly spent $4.8 million of that fund for office costs, salaries, and other business-related expenses, including wardrobes.
As for the cost of the royal wedding, however, the Royal Family is picking up the bill.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.