When Queen Elizabeth died Sept. 8, she left behind the British monarchy’s brand valued at about $78 billion in 2017, according to consultancy Brand Finance. Her personal worth was pegged at $500 million.
Reportedly among the queen’s personal assets were art, jewels, investments and real estate, which includes Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House in England, Forbes reports. Most of her personal estate will be inherited by her son, King Charles.
Looks like Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will probably receive nothing of value, Radar reported.
Princess of Wales Kate Middleton is set to inherit $110 million worth of jewelry that Elizabeth II left behind, according to reports.
A source told Radar the deceased queen changed her will at the last second to spite Markle and now-Queen Consort Camilla Bowles, who, like Markle, is also set to receive nothing.
When organizing her will before she died, the Queen had been focused on her beloved pieces and who deserved what.
“The whispers are that she’s made some last-minute changes to her will that’ll be a shocking surprise for her heirs,” the source told Radar in July.
Elizabeth II’s favoritism of Middleton is also said to have divided the royal wives, with Queen Camilla “resenting” Middleton’s close friendship with her predecessor.
“Kate is clearly the family favorite,” the source said. “[Queen Camilla would] never say it, of course but it’s one of the reasons Camilla resented Kate.”
What About Meghan Markle?
Meghan and her 1-year-old daughter, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, reportedly were excluded from getting the queen’s 300 individualized jewels because “they’re not members of the royal family anymore,” the insider source said. Markle and Harry also have a 3-year-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Middleton is more likely to pass on the jewels on to her daughter, Princess Charlotte, but she and Prince William “really don’t want Lilibet to be left out.”
According to Fox News, Markle, while she is currently in the U.K., where Elizabeth II, 96, died at Balmoral Castle, is expected to leave before the funeral to return to her California home. The funeral is scheduled for Sept. 19.
Former British public affairs official Shannon Felton Spence believes Markle would rather be home with their two young children.
“Harry will likely stay in the U.K. until the funeral. I can’t imagine Meghan won’t attend, but again from a human perspective, Meghan was expecting to leave the kids for six days, not weeks, so [it] may not be possible for her to stay the whole time,” Spence said.
Prince Harry and Markle’s Kids May Inherit Royal Titles
Archie and Lilibet are now entitled to inherit royal titles unless now King Charles III decides not to pass the titles of prince and princess on, The New York Post reports.
Under the new order of succession, the young royals are now sixth and seventh in line for the British throne. They are preceded by Prince William’s three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.