Finally, the elephant in the royal room is addressed!
In late November 2017, the world went into total hysteria after learning that Britain’s most eligible bachelor was officially engaged to a successful American actress, Meghan Markle. After a short engagement, the couple married in St. George’s Chapel on May 19th, 2018. More than two billion fans watched in awe as the couple shared their vows.
While most of the news surrounded the couple has been rather positive, there has been one issue that use has cultivated quite a following: Prince Harry’s decision towards signing a prenuptial agreement.
With the two being from entirely different worlds, many believed that it was in Prince Harry’s best interest to sign a prenup. And while it wouldn’t matter what fans thought Prince Harry should do, it was rumored that one VIP shared in the desire for Prince Harry to sign a prenup: Her Majesty the Queen.
In December 2017, just weeks after his engagement, Prince Harry was reportedly asked to consider signing a prenuptial agreement. Several sources led people to believe that fans and his grandmother were dividing Harry and Meghan and that Meghan was “extremely hurt and disappointed” at the Queen’s distrust.
While the mention of a prenuptial agreement was well-intended to protect Prince Harry and his $40 million, it never happened. But, a prenuptial agreement wasn’t overlooked necessarily because Prince Harry didn’t want to sign it, but rather for the simple reason that they don’t actually exist in the Royal Family.
Author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, Katie Nicholl shared “It’s commonplace with celebrity marriage, but this is not a celebrity marriage, it’s a royal marriage.” Even Prince Charles and Princess Diana went without a prenup. And the same is true for three of the four of the Queen’s children who divorced; not one signed a prenuptial agreement!
Town and Country shared that in the unfortunate event that Meghan and Harry did divorce, separation negotiations would be settled outside the court, the same way they did for Princess Diana. It's worth noting that the Royal Family works very hard to keep their brand be seen as amicable and graceful.
Author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, Duncan Larcombe shared that “In the modern history of the royal family, the divorce is described as amicable for PR reasons…and the person who is departing the royal family, they’re just looked after, and those arrangements are not done through court, they’re done behind closed doors.” The Daily Mail shares that while prenups can technically be taken into account in U.K. divorces, they’re still not legally enforceable.
While we hope this sheds some light on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prenuptial rumor. We hope that divorce is never once brought up and that the couple stays together forever. Although if they do decide to go their separate ways, we hope that the separation happens with as little drama as possible. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments!