Meghan and Prince Harry have arguably succeeded in becoming financially independent of the Royal Family. The couple have just signed a historic Netflix deal, believed to be worth approximately £74.5million, to produce documentaries on causes close to their hearts. The Sussexes have also bought a lavish mansion in California and reportedly no longer require any financial help from Prince Charles.
It comes just months after their dramatic exit from the Royal Family, where they stunned the world by announcing they would “step back” from senior duties.
However, the move may not have come as such a huge surprise to some ‒ as Meghan hinted at future difficulties before she married Harry.
The former Suits actress wrote for Elle in 2016 about the personal difficulties she faced reconciling her work abroad with the UN with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
She also shed light on the mental difficulty she faced dusting herself down after lengthy spells working on humanitarian projects in Rwanda, straight into an awards show.
She wrote: “My brain, heart and spirit couldn’t shift gears that quickly, from the purpose-driven work I had been doing all week in Rwanda to the polished glamour of an awards show.
“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.
“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings.”
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And her previous comments to Elle support this point, as she confessed to “always wanting to be a woman who works”.
Therefore, the idea of “never complain, never explain” – the Royal Family’s mantra – would have felt completely alien to Meghan.
She has expanded on this after leaving the Royal Family, too.
The Duchess of Sussex appeared relieved as she spoke in a video message after George Floyd’s horrifying death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this year.
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In it, she said she was “using her voice in a way she hadn’t been able to do of late” and said “it’s good to be home”.
Just yesterday, Meghan issued a heartfelt statement following the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
She said: “With an incomparable and indelible legacy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be known as a woman of brilliance, a Justice of courage, and a human of deep conviction.
“She has been a true inspiration to me since I was a girl.
“Honour her, remember her, act for her.”