Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to demand ‘substantial fee’ with new work | Royal | News (Reports)

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in March with plans to become financially independent from the royals. Since then the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a Netflix deal which could see them up to $250million (£190million) under their agreement. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has claimed the royal couple can ask for large sums of money for their work.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think they’re aiming for a profile in the United States.

“There’s no doubt whatsoever that the deal with Netflix with heighten their profile because they will be making various programmes or they will be involved with various programmes.

“I expect ones messages linked to the charities and issues they support.

“I also think as public figures, when they’re able to do that, they will command a very substantial fee and also what they say will be listened to.

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“I think because they are who they are, they have huge reach.”

His comments come as Royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed Meghan and Harry’s driving force behind their split from royal duties, dubbed Megxit, was “to make money”.

Speaking to The Royal Beat, available on True Royalty TV, Ms Nicholl claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also seeking “latitude and space”.

She said: “The real reason for them leaving the Royal Family was to become financially independent.

“I think it was to have latitude, to have space, but ultimately it was to make money and that is what they are doing.”

Speaking on the same show, former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter claimed Meghan and Harry had “blown it” with their decision to leave the UK in pursuit of a better life in sunny California with their one-year-old son, Archie Harrison.

The Queen’s former aide went on to claim Prince Harry’s “biggest mistake” was leaving the army.

He said: “Meghan and Harry’s world was their oyster and they blew it. They literally blew it, they had everything but I don’t think everything was what Meghan wanted.

“Harry was the spare and the Cambridges are the heirs. He accepted his role, he was always born to that.

“Until Meghan came along and she could not accept that. She couldn’t accept being in the second row.”

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