While joining the royal family has and will no doubt continue to raise Meghan Markle’s profile, her career was hardly floundering before she met Prince Harry.
The 36-year-old former actress and lifestyle blogger starred in seven seasons of Suits, reportedly earning $50,000 per episode. In addition to her appearance in the series, Markle is estimated to have taken home an annual $80,000 for her promotional partnerships, including one with Canadian clothing brand Reitman’s.
Prior to landing her Suits gig, Meghan appeared in popular films like Remember Me and Horrible Bosses—she was paid a reported $187,000 for her work on the former.
So, will this change when she and Prince Harry are officially married? Well, it’s complicated. Despite Harry’s estimated $25 million net worth, it’s unlikely that the pair will sign a prenuptial agreement (“it’s just not a British thing”). That being said, marrying into the royal family will certainly affect Markle’s finances.
According to Time, Meghan will be required to pay U.S. income tax even after she’s wed the prince. She cannot become a British citizen until she’s been married three years, after which she’ll need to decide whether she wants to retain dual citizenship for both the U.S. and U.K.
Considering that royal spouses often choose to be full-time philanthropists, Markle may very well not have any income to report once she’s married.
Don’t worry though, we have a feeling she’ll manage sans that Suits paycheck.