Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family has continued to send shockwaves throughout the world as people work to understand the motives behind the move and what awaits the couple in the future.
The announcement that they plan to become financially independent has been one of the most talked about revelations, with some speculating the duchess will return to acting to help support their son Archie. And now, just days after Harry and Meghan broke the shock news, reports have emerged that the duchess will indeed go back to the field that moved her into the spotlight in the first place.
According to The Times, the 38-year-old has signed a deal with Disney to benefit a wildlife charity. This will involve the mother-of-one doing a voiceover role in return for a donation to Elephant Without Borders, an organisation that aims to protect the animals from poaching.
Harry and Meghan are yet to confirm the news, however, it could be a hint of how the couple plan to move towards being financially independent.
Up until now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had effectively received a salary from Her Majesty the Queen in the form of a sum from the Sovereign Grant. This money is given to senior members of the royal family in exchange for conducting official duties throughout the year.
The Daily Mail estimated that they would lose out on a salary in the range of £2.4 million ($4.6 million) a year by stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
In no longer receiving this money, the couple will become “members of the Royal Family with financial independence” and a statement on the couple’s new website said they “value the ability to earn a professional income”. But, they didn’t go into detail about how this would be done.
However, it’s believed they will still receive financial assistance from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is a private estate managed by Prince Charles. While it’s likely the couple will still receive some financial assistance, Prince Harry won’t be alone in his mission to forge his own career, as several other members of the royal family have stepped out on their own.
Meanwhile, the news of Meghan’s new career move, comes as the Queen reportedly calls for an emergency meeting with members of the royal family to address the duke and duchess’ recent announcement.
According to The Guardian, the emergency summit will be held at Sandringham estate in Norfolk on Monday. Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Queen are all expected to be in attendance, while reports claim Meghan will dial in from Canada where she is reportedly staying with her son Archie.
It is reported the meeting will include discussions of future proposals and Harry and Meghan’s “progressive” roles in the family.