Meghan Markle doesn't get a salary, but here's the surprising thing she gets instead
Monday was certainly a blessed day, as the world discovered that Meghan and Harry - two paragons of perfection - had successfully done the deed, and are now awaiting their heir, ETA spring 2019.
In a statement released on Monday morning - just three days after the second royal wedding of the year, that of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank' - Kensington Palace shared some details. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," the announcement read.
"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."
While Princess Eugenie and Meghan both had blowout royal weddings, their day-to-day looks rather different.
The Princess is a "nonworking" royal, which means that she's one of the few members of Kensington Palace who has a "real" job, instead of carrying out royal duties full-time. Eugenie is a director of an art gallery, her sister, Beatrice, works in business for the software company, Afiniti, and their cousin, Peter Philips - who is the son of Princess Anne - is the managing director for Sports Entertainment Limited.
Top-tier royals, however, aren't able to hold full-time jobs - as the newly appointed Duchess of Sussex discovered when she married Prince Harry, and had to give up her career as an actress. So without a normal job, how does Meghan make money?
Although she isn't paid for attending official royal engagements - or privy to a personal allowance - Meghan is well covered by the royal family. Her expenses, as well as those of Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are paid for by the taxpayer, and Prince Charles's holdings of the Duchy of Cornwall. After Charles pays his voluntary taxes on the Duchy's revenue, the remaining funds allow him to support himself and his children.
Additionally, Prince Harry also receives a significant annual allowance from the estate of his late mother, Princess Diana - and it's likely that his wife is also funded by this income.
In return for all of this, top-tier royals are expected to carry out royal duties as a full-time job - and these engagements can range from everything from charity work to overseas tours.
Meghan also continues to draw a salary from Suits - the legal drama that she starred in for seven seasons. While she was written out of the show following her engagement, episodes which feature her character - one of the leads of the series - still air in syndication, meaning she still pulls in residual checks.
Oh, and she recently sold her home in Toronto for $1.6 million. Not bad, right?
I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief folks: it looks like Meghan Markle is still minted.