The members of the British Royal Family live in a magical world of their own, and it certainly reflects on their bank accounts. But who among the residents of Buckingham Palace and their extended relatives is worth the most? Here’s a ranking of the top earners of the Royal Family, all based on their financial net worth — and the winner is far from being who you might expect.
21. Lady Amelia Windsor – $1 million
Even though she’s 36th in line for the throne, she’s found other ways to catch people’s attention. The third cousin of Prince William and Harry, she makes $1 million a year as a world-class model, and works with esteemed brands such as Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa.
Her Instagram account in particular has been gaining popularity recently, with over 82,000 followers eager to see a slightly more liberal side of the royal life. With her small but growing fortune, you’ll be happy to learn that Amelia likes giving charity as well. She recently donated to an organization called War Child, which helps kids living in war-stricken countries.
20. Princess Eugenie – $4.8 million
Princess Eugenie actually makes her money the good old-fashioned way: by working a regular job, just like most citizens. The daughter of the Queen’s son Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, she works as an associate director for a respected London art gallery called Hauser and Wirth, where she pulls in $145,000 a year.
This is a pretty large salary in the context of common folk, but a bit meek compared to the rest of the Royal Family. So where does the princess’s estimated net worth of $4.8 million come from? As it happens, she and her sister Beatrice are actually the beneficiaries of a massive trust fund set up by their great-grandmother, the Queen Mother.
19. Princess Beatrice – $5 million
Princess Beatrice has a situation that’s quite similar to that of her sister Eugenie. Although she doesn’t receive money from any big estates like her cousins (Princes William and Harry) do, she’s a beneficiary of a trust fund set up by the Queen Mother.
This makes up a large percentage of her net worth, but she’s also very much looked after financially by her father, Prince Andrew. However, that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old royal is looking for handouts. She’s an active member of the workforce just like her sister, and serves as Vice President at a software company called Afiniti, where she specializes in Partnerships and Strategy Department.
18. Camilla Parker Bowles – $5 million
Like her husband Prince Charles, Camilla receives a hefty sum from the Duchy of Cornwall. However, there are plenty of other ways she makes money, like from the various real estate properties she owns. Camilla has also spearheaded a handful of profitable organizations and charities, establishing herself as a respectable public figure in Great Britain.
Camilla tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005, but they have known each other as far back as 1971. Putting dates and logistics aside, it’s safe to say that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has made herself a household name for generations of the British populace.
17. Meghan Markle – $5 million
Meghan was pretty well-known when she was on the American TV show Suits, but her fame skyrocketed when she joined the Royal Family by marrying Prince Harry. And although she doesn’t appear so high on this list, possessing an estimated net worth of $5 million, that could all change very soon.
Now that she and Harry are leaving the Royal Family, plenty of potential financial opportunities could open up for her. Sure, she won’t be receiving the benefits of royal funding like before, but one option for her could be to return to the acting industry. If that plays out, her net worth may grow to be a lot higher within the next few years.
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16. Princess Michael of Kent – $8 million
Although Princess Michael of Kent and her husband reportedly have their rent for their lofty royal estate paid by the Queen herself, she’s certainly held a respectable career of her own throughout her life. Also known as Marie Christine von Reibnitz, she enjoyed solid success as an interior designer before eventually trying her hand at writing novels.
This ended up working out for her pretty well too. The princess now can boast a handful of books about European royalty to her name. Nowadays, she gives lectures all around the world on the topics she writes about in her books, along with performing various royal functions with her husband.
15. Kate Middleton – $10 million
It’s important to make a distinction when talking about couples on this list. Just because Prince William is married to Kate Middleton does not, in fact, mean that the two have the same net worth. True, there’s the whole “what’s mine is yours” thing, but that logic doesn’t apply here.
There is something to be said about marrying into the Royal Family, and she does get money from the Duchy of Cornwall. But in the case of the lovely Kate Middleton, she was pretty financially well-off already before marriage. Although she didn’t grow up into royalty, her parents were already wealthy on their own, with a business worth an estimated $30-$50 million. All this has contributed to Kate’s net worth of $10 million.
14. Zara Tindall – $20 million
Zara Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne, and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Considering the fact that her mother was an athlete and among the hardest-working royals, constantly in the public eye, Zara is proof that in this case, the apple doesn’t fall so far from the tree.
Like her mother, Zara is also a professional equestrian. She has even competed in the Olympics, winning a silver medal in the process. But she’s popular for a handful of other reasons, with a jewelry line that helped comprise a large portion of her wealth. Although she doesn’t have a royal title, she uses this as an advantage in her various impressive entrepreneurial agendas.
13. Prince Richard – $25 million
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin. His father, Prince Henry, was the brother of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. He has said in the past that he believes he’s the poorest out of all the crown’s relations. But if he thinks $25 million is poor, all we can say is: thank the Lord for small problems.
Indeed, when you take a look at his wealth of assets, from his Gloucester estate to his various royal heirlooms, Prince Richard really has nothing to complain about. The prince has also enjoyed a prominent and respectable career as an architect, one that eventually earned him the title President of the Society of Architect Artists.
12. Prince Philip – $30 million
The love story that Prince Philip shares with Queen Elizabeth II, his wife of over 70 years, is undeniably endearing. Born a prince of Greece and Denmark, he actually met her when he was only 13, and began “corresponding” with her when he was 18 and she was 13. Eventually, when they were in their 20s (and after his service in World War II), King George VI gave Philip permission to marry his daughter.
Regarding Prince Philip’s rough net worth of $30 million, a lot of his money comes from his longtime annual salary of half a million dollars for serving as the Duke of Edinburgh. Recently, he’s given up this title to his youngest son Prince Edward, but Philip clearly still has a lot of dough.
11. Princess Anne – $30 million
Princess Anne is the one and only daughter of the respected Queen Elizabeth, and Wealth-X estimates her net worth to be $30 million. This royal has dedicated her life to becoming one of the most hard-working and well-rounded royals alive today, a much-beloved and respected public figure.
Although she likes to remain behind the scenes, Princess Anne has contributed to more than 300 charities in her lifetime — and that’s without discussing her athletic career. A respected equestrian, she was the first ever Royal Family member to appear in the Olympics, and she can even boast one gold and two silver medals to her name.
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10. Princess Diana – $31.5 million
Even though she’s no longer with us, the late Princess Diana still has a financial footprint in this world, one that’s actually remarkably high. According to Forbes, Princess Diana’s net worth was around $31.5 million when she passed away. That of course included the $22.5 million divorce settlement she had received from Prince Charles a year beforehand.
All of this money was then split and passed down to her sons, Princes William and Harry, with them receiving a handful of other valuables such as jewelry and mementos. But as much as she’s worth in dollar bills, the emotional value of the extremely charitable “People’s Princess” to Great Britain, and indeed the world, has always been worth so much more than money.
9. Prince Harry – $39 million
When Prince Harry served in the Royal Air Force, his annual salary was $53,000. That would have been a respectable salary for any average citizen, but it’s nothing compared to the amount of money he receives from elsewhere. Similar to his brother Prince William, Prince Harry received a large inheritance from his mother Princess Diana when she passed.
He’s also been getting funded by the Duchy of Cornwall — until recently, that is. Now that he and his wife Meghan have announced their withdrawal from the Royal Family, they won’t be getting money for royal duties, and will be financially independent. On the one hand, it sounds like this will eventually hurt his net worth. But on the flip side, it could also open up a handful of new avenues for the Prince, as well as income sources he may not have been able to explore earlier.
8. Prince William – $40 million
The eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Prince William has an estimated net worth of $40 million. The Duke of Cambridge, who is the eventual heir to the British throne, has been under the public eye basically his entire life. But the topic of how much money he has, and where it comes from, isn’t always discussed.
First off, there are the two substantial inheritances he got from both his mother, Princess Diana, and his great-grandmother the Queen Mother, after both of their deaths. Then there’s the fact that he receives funding from his father Prince Charles, as well as the Sovereign Grant. Considering that he and his children are basically feet from the throne, we’re happy they’re well taken care of.
7. Sophie Helen – $45 million
Sophie Helen, the Countess of Wessex and esteemed wife of the Queen’s son Prince Edward, is reportedly Her Majesty’s closest confidante. She’s clearly got a lot going for her, and she has demonstrated time after time that’s she a proud royal through and through.
She’s all about that royal life and its necessities, keeping up the proper public image in the way that Buckingham Palace requires from her. A patron for a whopping 70 charities, a Royal Colonel, and a Colonel in Chief to multiple Corps groups, we’d reckon that her impressive net worth is well-earned.
6. Prince Edward – $45 million
When it comes to Queen Elizabeth’s children, Prince Edward is the “baby” of the siblings. But although he’s the youngest, he’s managed to have a respectful career throughout his life. Like many of the royals, he gets a ton of his money from royal funds such as the Sovereign Grant.
He actually took up the mantle of the Duke of Edinburgh ever since his father, Prince Philip, stepped down from that role in 2017. However, he’s also made attempts throughout his life to branch out into the entertainment industry, creating a television company called Ardent Productions, and working for various musicals as a production assistant.
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5. Prince Andrew – $75 million
Out of all the Queen’s children, although Prince Charles usually gets the majority of the spotlight, that doesn’t mean Prince Andrew is to be pitied. Here’s a man with an estimated net worth of around $75 million, with a track record of being a well-seasoned businessman. Like the other royal family members, he receives money simply for the title. What’s more, he also gets $400,000 every year from his mom, the Queen.
But there’s a reason Prince Andrew’s worth is much higher than so many of his other royal contemporaries. He’s been a successful investor and respected entrepreneur throughout the years, and has also collaborated with the likes of countless other wealthy people.
4. Lady Kitty Spencer – $100 million
You might not hear about Lady Kitty Spencer in the same breath as Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, but as it turns out, she’s actually amassed a greater wealth than both of them. While not technically a royal, she’s connected to the Royal Family, as she’s the niece of the late Princess Diana. Lady Kitty has enjoyed a prominent career as a model, and even became the spokesmodel for BVLGARI, the well-respected Italian luxury jewelry brand.
Using our own two eyes, it’s not hard at all to see how she succeeded as a model, but with a whopping $100 million to her name, we can’t imagine her doing it without considerable helpings of work ethic and grit.
3. Charles Spencer – $154 million
Charles Spencer and his family aren’t always in the spotlight, but their level of wealth is astounding. Though not himself a royal, he is the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, and throughout the years has gathered an impressive collection of accolades. He worked for NBC News as an on-air correspondent for nearly a decade back in the late ’80s-early ’90s, and also became a reporter for Granada Television during that time.
Although much of his money comes from his aristocratic lineage, proper respect must be given to the career he made for himself. With a gargantuan net worth $154 million, Charles Spencer isn’t to be overlooked in the extended Royal Family tree.
2. Prince Charles – $400 million
As the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles is next in line to the throne, and is worth an unimaginable amount of money: $400 million. A great portion of his wealth comes from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is a lucrative private estate set up to fund all members of his family.
Considering the fact that this fund holds around $1.3 billion in assets, it’s quite plain to see why Prince Charles is worth so much. Out of all the Queen’s children, the most attention is constantly put on him, and his kids (Princes William and Harry) are in the public spotlight more than anyone.
1. Queen Elizabeth II – $520 million
The British head of state herself, Queen Elizabeth II is worth over half a billion dollars. This wealth comes from a handful of places, but nearly half of it comes from the massive properties she owns. One of them is Balmoral Castle, an estate she owns up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which is worth $140 million. Another asset is her $65 million Sandringham House up in Norfolk, England.
These properties are to be distinguished with those of the Crown Estate (estates like Buckingham Palace), which she doesn’t actually own, though she does collect 15%-25% of the hefty profits from them. All these things considered, however, we can all agree that it’s probably nice to be the Queen’s grandchildren come Christmas time.
This story was originally published on DirectExpose: When The British Royal Family’s Net Worth Is Ranked, The Queen Isn’t Number One
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