Prince Harry refuses to sign prenup before marrying Meghan Markle

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Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle watch Coach Core apprentices taking part in a training masterclass exercise at Nechells Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham, Britain, March 8, 2018.
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle watch Coach Core apprentices taking part in a training masterclass exercise at Nechells Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham, Britain, March 8, 2018. Reuters/Oli Scarff/Pool

Prince Harry doesn’t want to sign a prenup, according to a report. The British prince will be marrying Meghan Markle in May, but he was said to be adamantly against signing any paper that would exclude the American actress from his £30 million (AU$54.27 million) fortune.

According to the Daily Mail, Harry, 33, was urged to protect his fortune from Markle should their marriage unfortunately end. But the enamoured royal wouldn’t even consider it.

“There was never any question in Harry’s mind that he would sign a prenup,” an alleged friend of the prince told the publication. “He’s determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there’s no need for him to sign anything.”

Meghan isn’t a pauper by any means at all. She is apparently worth US$5 million (AUS$6.5 million) as of 2018. Her net worth comes mostly from her film and TV roles, particularly from her seven years with the US television drama “Suits.” But that is paltry compared to her future husband’s inheritance.

Nevertheless, it appears Meghan won’t be receiving money from Harry as long as she retains her US citizenship. She will be required to continue paying tax to her home country, and while she does that, Harry will not reportedly share his wealth with her. This is to avoid the US probing of his income source. As the newspaper notes, prenups aren’t enforceable in the UK but are increasingly considered during divorce cases.

Harry’s alleged refusal to sign a prenuptial agreement follows his brother and father’s examples. Prince William also apparently did not sign a prenup to protect his fortune from Kate Middleton, who is worth £7.5 million (AU$13.57 million) on her own. Prince Charles also paid William and Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, a divorce settlement of £17 million (AU$30.76 million), including £400,000 (AU$724,000) per year.

Prince Harry and Meghan will wed on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has already given him her prerequisite consent to the marriage.