Meghan Markle did not make a "$500 million deal" with Queen Elizabeth, despite a reheated claim. Not only is this allegation wrong, but Gossip Cop already debunked a version of it days ago. Now we can set the record straight again.
New Idea claims in its new issue that prior to the royal wedding, "the queen asked Meghan to sign a $500 million prenup." The tabloid contends the idea came from "palace lawyers," who "thought it was wise given that [Prince] Harry and Meghan hadn't known each other that long before their engagement." Not only did Queen Elizabeth agree, alleges the magazine, but Markle did, too.
"Meghan was only too happy to sign the prenup," a so-called "source" is quoted as saying. This supposed snitch claims to the publication that Markle was willing to accept the agreement because she "doesn't want anyone thinking that she's entered into the marriage with bad intentions, especially the queen." But, she allegedly had one condition. The purported tipster maintains the former "Suits" star requested the agreement be "confidential," and that the queen "not discuss it with any other senior royals, such as Charles and William."
That, of course, begs the question: How did this unnamed, untraceable "source" find out, and why did he or she think it was appropriate to share such private information with the gossip media? That glaring issue is not addressed, nor is it even said how Prince Harry felt about the supposed situation. Rather, the tabloid vaguely offers that the agreement "basically states that Harry's $500 million fortune is protected if the marriage ends," and adds that Markle would be "compensated based on how long she stays in the marriage, but she won't be able to make a significant claim for his millions."
So, where did this all come from? It's apparent the magazine was inspired to concoct this narrative after Star claimed in a cover story last week that Markle and Prince Harry were forced to sign a "$500 million prenup" just before they walked down the aisle. Notably, that article, although inaccurate, ascribed the "$500 million fortune" to the royal family as a whole, whereas here it is said to belong solely to the queen's grandson. Not only is that far-fetched, but reputable outlets have estimated that Prince Harry's net worth is only between $25 million and $40 million.
Even irrespective of that, it was first reported all the way back in November that Markle and Prince Harry wouldn't be signing a prenup, something Gossip Cop confirmed the following month when it was falsely alleged they were having a "fight" over a prenup. As we pointed out then, Kate Middleton and Prince William never signed a prenuptial agreement, nor did Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla. In fact, there's no evidence that anyone in the royal family ever has. It is not a requirement for the monarchy, nor is it even common in the UK at all.
If New Idea had a real, legitimate "source," it would've known all this. Instead, it seems obvious the outlet took note of the Star cover story and decided to do its own version. But there is nothing to substantiate this storyline and, on the contrary, there is a lot to disprove it. And on top of that, it's worth mentioning the tabloid isn't known for truth-telling. This is, after all, the same magazine that wanted readers to believe Markle and Prince Harry were "already married" last summer. Accuracy clearly isn't a priority.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.