Prince Harry of Wales is the younger son of Prince Charles of Wales and
Princess Diana of Wales. He is fifth in line of succession to the British Throne.
Harry is known world-wide for his playboy/bad boy behavior as well as his
military career and his charitable foundations. He was also known as a
very eligible bachelor – until Meghan Markle came along.
Meghan Markle is an American citizen; born and raised in Los Angeles. She
is an actress currently starring in a television series called “Suits.”
(The show is about lawyers, thus the “suits.”)
On November 27, 2017, Kensington Palace announced that Harry and Meghan
were engaged to be married. They plan to marry in May of 2018, and live
in England. Meghan also plans to become a British citizen.
Not to be outdone in royal wedding news, celebrity website TMZ speculated
what would happen to their assets if they divorced. TMZ even hired Jeremy
D. Morley, an international law lawyer who is knowledgeable in British
divorce law, to explain what would happen to the couple’s assets
if they divorced.
According to TMZ, Harry has a net worth of $40 million and Meghan has a
net worth of $5 million. Harry also receives income from Prince Charles’s
private estate. Since Meghan is a Hollywood actress, she may also receive
residuals she from her acting career prior to her marriage. (She is giving
up her acting career upon marriage to perform the job of British royal
If they divorce, according to Morley, the assets each person brought into
the marriage, can be divided up in the divorce. Although British law recognizes
pre-nuptial agreements, it is up to the court whether to enforce the agreement.
If the couple were to become residents of California and then decide to
divorce, British law would not apply.
In California, the separate properties of each party – and any assets
derived from their separate properties - would remain the sole property
of that party. (There are exceptions, such as when one party makes a gift
of property to the other spouse.) If the couple has a pre-nuptial agreement,
the California court will recognize it – if the document itself
is in compliance with California law. (California pre-nuptial agreements
can be very technical, and it’s always in both parties’ best
interest to have their agreement made with the help of competent legal
Unlike both their parents’ marriages which ended in divorce, here’s
hoping that the royal marriage of Harry and Meghan be a match made in
heaven and that they live happily ever after together until death do they