Prince Harry and bride-to-be Meghan Markle are just months away from tying the knot.
According to earlier reports, the lovebirds will officially wed in May at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in London.
But they aren’t making any last minute legal arrangements. It turns out, Harry and Markle won’t be signing a prenuptial agreement before the royal wedding.Kensington Palace/Instagram
According to ELLE UK, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have substantial fortunes to their names.
The prince is worth an estimated $40 million, much of which was inherited from his late mother Princess Diana. And Markle has a net worth of about $7 million thanks to her earnings as an actor on “Suits.”
Yet the two won’t be taking the extra step to protect their assets — and it boils down to a few simple reasons.
Prenuptial agreements aren’t nearly as common in the United Kingdom as they are in the United States, according to The Daily Mail. In fact, they’re not even legally enforceable.
Prince Harry is following in the footsteps of his big brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles. Neither signed a prenup before marrying their current wives.
Royal author Ingrid Seward told People:
“Historically, members of the royal family have not had them. They are more popular in the United States — it’s just not a British thing.”
But even if Prince Harry did divorce Markle, there are other protections in place to keep his money safe, according to People.Kensington Palace/Instagram
Most of the prince’s large fortune is kept in trusts, which are essentially untouchable in divorces within the UK.
That means even if they split, his money and properties most likely cannot go to Markle.
Regardless, the future royal couple likely isn’t worrying about divorce before they’ve even tied the knot.
They will officially wed on May 19.