British Royal Family

Royal expert close to Harry and Meghan reveals the next few months will be "very tough" for them financially

''They have spent the last few years not earning a living. As a royal, your expenses are covered but you don't earn a salary.''

By Alex Lilly
On the surface, it appears that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are adjusting to life away from the royal family well, despite the ongoing global pandemic.
The former royals have set up base in LA and established their new foundation Archewell, but according to a royal expert, Harry and Meghan are set to experience some financial struggles over the next few months, with the expert suggesting this period will be "very tough" for them.
Meghan and Harry are currently residing in Meghan's hometown of LA. (Image: Getty Images)
Speaking on his podcast The Heir Pod, royal commentator Omid Scobie said: "They have spent the last few years not earning a living. As a royal, your expenses are covered, but you don't earn a salary. It will be very tough for them, especially in the few months ahead."
"No one knows when there is an end date to this. This could follow us for some time."
The royal expert added: "For Harry and Meghan, on top of the difficulties they have had with the press, there has been this underlying issue of who pays for security moving forward."
"It is something the couple were very conscious of - that from March 31st it would have to be done by themselves. They didn't want to leave themselves open to further attacks."
"It will be very tough for them especially in the few months ahead." (Image: Getty Images)
US president Donald Trump commented on the claims that the US government would fund the couple's security expenses tweeting: "I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, he U.S. will not pay for their security protection. [sic] They must pay!"
However, Harry and Meghan's reply to Trump's tweet was shared via a Sussex spokesperson, and shared on Twitter by royal expert Omid Scobie.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources," he tweeted, adding that a spokesperson for the couple reiterated: "Privately funded security arrangements have been made."
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Despite being in lockdown in the Californian city, details that Harry and Meghan had lodged an application for their non-profit organisation Archewell emerged and the couple made a rare statement to the Daily Telegraph.
"Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be," Harry and Meghan wrote in their statement.
"Before SussexRoyal came the idea of 'Arche' – the Greek word meaning 'source of action'. We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name.
"To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.
"We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."